Large Cell Carcinoma

Large cell carcinoma is a subtype of non-small cell lung cancer. It is responsible for about 15% of lung cancer making it among the rarest (though still common in terms of numbers of all cancer). Large cell carcinoma is identified as being different from the other types of lung cancer histologically.

These cells do not have the necessary equipment to secrete substances like adenocarcinoma. Nor do they look like scales with keratin pearls, which would indicate squamous cell carcinoma. Large cell carcinoma appears rather strange under a microscope in that it looks like sheets of abnormal cells with an area of dead cells in the middle.