The Histological Varieties of Bronchial Carcinoma

  • Allen R. Gibbs
  • Roger M. E. Seal


It is important to realise that lung cancer is not a homogeneous entity but instead comprises a number of different histopathological groups and subgroups. A knowledge of the histopathology of lung tumours is not just of academic interest but provides a better framework for ascertaining the aetiology of a given tumour, predicting outcome and determining treatment. For example, small cell carcinoma behaves in a very different way from other types of lung cancer; it metastasises very early and is very often surgically inoperable by the time of diagnosis. On the other hand squamous cell carcinoma, if localised to the lung at operative resection, has a relatively good prognosis. The incidence of squamous cell carcinoma and small cell carcinoma is greatly increased in smokers whereas adenocarcinoma does not show as great an increase.


Squamous Cell Carcinoma Small Cell Carcinoma Large Cell Carcinoma Histological Variety Papillary Adenocarcinoma 
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  • Allen R. Gibbs
  • Roger M. E. Seal

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