We use cookies to so our web site can function correctly. By Clicking "OK" or by clicking into any content on this site, you agree to allow cookies to be placed. To find out more visit the cookies section of our privacy policy.

Privacy Statement

A cookie is a small file which asks permission to be placed on your computer's hard drive. Once you agree, the file is added and the cookie helps analyse web traffic or lets you know when you visit a particular site. Cookies allow web applications to respond to you as an individual. The web application can tailor its operations to your needs, likes and dislikes by gathering and remembering information about your preferences.

We use traffic log cookies to identify which pages are being used. This helps us analyse data about web page traffic and improve our website in order to tailor it to customer needs. We only use this information for statistical analysis purposes.

Overall, cookies help us provide you with a better website, by enabling us to monitor which pages you find useful and which you do not. A cookie in no way gives us access to your computer or any information about you, other than the data you choose to share with us.

Cookie group mandatory

(Req)
These cookies are necessary for the website to function and cannot be switched off in our systems. They are usually only set in response to actions made by you which amount to a request for services, such as setting your privacy preferences, logging in or filling in forms.
You can set your browser to block or alert you about these cookies, but some parts of the site will not then work. These cookies do not store any personally identifiable information.

These cookies are required

Functional

These cookies allow us to adtertise our products to you and allow us to pass this information on to our trusted third parties so that they can advertise our products to you on our behalf
All information these cookies collect is aggregated and therefore anonymous. No personal inforation is shared to third parties. Any personal information collected while using our website could be used for direct marketing from HCA only

Marketing

These cookies allow us to advertise our products to you and allow us to pass this information on to our trusted third parties so that they can advertise our products to you on our behalf
All information these cookies collect is aggregated and therefore anonymous. No personal inforation is shared to third parties. Any personal information collected while using our website could be used for direct marketing from HCA only

Performance Cookies

These cookies allow us to know which pages are the most and least popular and see how visitors move around the site.  All information collect is annonomas unless you provide personal information to us.
If you do not allow these cookies we will not know when you have visited our site, and will not be able to monitor its performance.

Non-small cell lung cancer

This is the most common type of lung cancer. If you are diagnosed with non-small cell lung cancer, you will have immediate access to our world-leading consultants and state-of-the-art hospitals

About non-small cell lung cancer

There are three types of non-small cell lung cancer. These are adenocarcinoma, squamous cell cancer and large-cell carcinoma. They behave differently and respond to treatment in different ways. At HCA UK our network of world-leading consultants are experts at treating all forms of lung cancer. Your consultant will talk you through your diagnosis and the best treatment options for you to help you make an informed decision about your care.

Need to know

  • Symptoms of non-small cell lung cancer icon plus

    Symptoms of non-small cell lung cancer may include:

    • a persistent cough
    • coughing up mucus or blood
    • shortness of breath
    • loss of appetite
    • chest pain
    • unexplained weight loss

    Having any of these symptoms does not necessarily mean you have lung cancer. However, it is important that you visit your GP if you have any of these symptoms so that a referral and diagnosis can be made. Early detection is crucial in order to increase the chance of treatment being successful.

  • Diagnosis icon plus

    We offer a number of investigations and tests to confirm a diagnosis of non-small cell lung cancer, including:

    • a physical examination
    • blood tests
    • scans, such as X-rays, MRI, CT and PET-CT
    • biopsy

    If these tests suggest you may have lung cancer, your consultant will recommend a biopsy. This is when a sample of tissue is taken for examination under a microscope.

  • Treatment options icon plus

    Your consultant will talk you through your treatment options to help you make an informed decision about your care. Treatment may include:

    • surgery
    • chemotherapy
    • radiotherapy
    • immunotherapy

    We treat every patient on an individual basis. Your treatment will depend on the type of cancer you have and how advanced it is, as well as your age and general health. At HCA UK you will be looked after by a multidisciplinary team, including expert consultants, clinical nurse specialists and supportive therapists including psychologists who can help you with your emotional wellbeing. This team will work together to create a treatment plan tailored to your medical needs.

Types of non-small cell lung cancer

Adenocarcinoma

Adenocarcinoma is the most common type of lung cancer. It develops from mucus-producing cells that line the airways.

Squamous cell cancer

Squamous cell cancer develops in the cells that line the airways. It is usually caused by smoking, but even non-smokers can get it.

Large cell carcinoma

Large cell carcinoma is so called because of how the cancer cells look when examined under a microscope.

Undifferentiated non-small cell lung cancer

If your cancer cells look very underdeveloped under the microscope, your consultant may not be able to tell which type of non-small cell lung cancer you have.
Cancer care consultants

Our consultants

We're proud to work with leading experts across a range of medical fields, whose skills are matched by their integrity and compassion.

Our facilities

From complex surgery to straightforward procedures, we provide exceptional care across our network of hospitals, outpatient centres and specialist clinics.

Request an appointment

We're happy to help you make an appointment with one of our experienced consultants.

This content is intended for general information only and does not replace the need for personal advice from a qualified health professional.
back to top