Fast Five Quiz: Squamous Cell Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer

Maurie Markman, MD


September 15, 2022

Symptoms of NSCLC depend on the location of the tumor; squamous cell NSCLC is generally a central tumor. According to Duma and colleagues, approximately 50%-75% of patients present with cough, making it the most common symptom. Other common symptoms include hemoptysis, chest pain, and dyspnea.

Adenocarcinomas account for most peripheral tumors and may cause symptoms due to pleural effusion, such as severe pain from infiltration of parietal pleura and chest wall.

Learn more about the clinical presentation of NSCLC.


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