Understanding

Information and support for people affected by lung cancer. Read out about the two main types – small cell and non-small cell.

  • The lungs

    When we breathe in, the lungs take oxygen into the bloodstream and circulate it all around the body.

  • About lung cancer

    Lung cancer is a common cancer that is usually caused by smoking.

  • 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.

  • 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, tiny cancer cells are left behind after cancer treatment. These can divide to form a new tumour.

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