Understanding small cell lung cancer

Small cell lung cancer is called this because when the cancer cells are looked at under a microscope they are very small.

  • The lungs

    When we breathe the lungs take oxygen into the bloodstream and remove carbon dioxide.

  • Types of lung cancer

    The main types of primary lung cancer are small cell lung cancer and non-small cell lung cancer. They are treated differently.

  • What is cancer?

    Cancer is a disease of our cells. Sometimes cells go wrong and become abnormal. These cancer cells keep dividing to make more and more abnormal cells.Cancer is a disease of our cells. Sometimes cells go wrong and become abnormal. These cancer cells keep dividing to make more and more abnormal cells.

  • Signs and symptoms of lung cancer

    There are a number of symptoms of lung cancer. You should see your GP if you are concerned about any of these symptoms.

  • Why do cancers come back?

    Sometimes, cancer cells are left behind after cancer treatment. Over time, these cells can form a new tumour and the cancer comes back.

Lung cancer explained

Clinical oncologist Paula Wells explains lung cancer.

About our cancer information videos

Lung cancer explained

Clinical oncologist Paula Wells explains lung cancer.

About our cancer information videos