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Carcinoid cancer often secretes hormones—usually serotonin—that cause side effects like flushing and difficulty breathing. Carcinoid cancers can be typical carcinoid tumors (slow growing and more common, as the name implies), or atypical carcinoid tumors (faster growing and less common).
Types of neuroendocrine lung cancer
Small cell lung cancer (SCLC) is the most common form of neuroendocrine lung cancer.
A rare form of neuroendocrine lung cancer is called large cell neuroendocrine carcinoma. This cancer looks and acts like SCLC, except that the cancerous cells themselves are larger, and it is treated in much the same way as SCLC.
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