Medicine & USMLE

Large Cell Carcinoma

Lung Cancer
  1. Lung Cancer Overview
  2. Small Cell Carcinoma
  3. Adenocarcinoma
  4. Squamous Cell Carcinoma
  5. Large Cell Carcinoma
  6. Bronchial Carcinoid Tumor

Large Cell Carcinoma is a subtype of of non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC), characterized by fast-growing pleomorphic giant cells (large cells) on biopsy.

Patients typically have a history of smoking. Lesions are classically located on the periphery of the lung (although central lesions possible). Large cell carcinoma is associated with gynecomastia and galactorrhea, caused by ectopic production of beta-hCG.

Pathology on tumor biopsies typically reveals pleomorphic giant cells ("large cells"), sometimes referred to as having an "anaplastic" appearance. While prognosis is typically poor, early stage tumors may be amenable to treatment by surgical resection.

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