Small cell lung cancer is also called oat cell cancer. About 10%-15% of lung cancers are small cell lung cancers. This type of lung cancer tends to spread quickly.
Whether you’re worried about developing lung cancer, making decisions about treatment, or trying to stay well after treatment, we can help. Find detailed information in our Detailed Guide, or get a shorter, simpler version in our Overview Guide.
Tobacco use is the number one cause of lung cancer, but people who don’t smoke may get lung cancer too. Learn about the known causes of lung cancer, what you can do to lower your risk, and tests that may help find it early.
If you are facing lung cancer, we can help you learn about your treatment options and possible side effects, and point you to information and services to help you get through treatment and live well afterward.
The American Cancer Society is committed to relentlessly pursuing the answers that will save lives from lung cancer. In fact, the Society has been a part of nearly every major cancer research breakthrough in recent history.
Read inspiring stories of people living with lung cancer.
Facing lung cancer? Connect with patients, survivors, and caregivers through the American Cancer Society's online community, Cancer Survivors Network.
Read the latest developments in small cell lung cancer.