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Surgery is rarely used for small cell lung cancer, and it’s only possible when you are diagnosed with very limited disease.
Before surgery, you may need further tests to make sure you’re able to cope with the operation.
Surgery is often followed by chemotherapy| and radiotherapy|.
The operations for small cell lung cancer are the same as for non-small cell lung cancer|.
Content last reviewed: 1 September 2012
Next planned review: 2014
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