Original Publication Date: 20 March, 2014
Publication / Source: Lung Cancer Management
Authors: Maryska LG Janssen-Heijnen
Small-cell lung cancer (SCLC) accounts for approximately 15% of all lung cancers. Approximately 70% of all newly diagnosed patients with SCLC are 60 years of age or older, and more than 30% are even more than 75 years of age . Since smoking is the major risk factor for SCLC, the majority of elderly SCLC patients have serious comorbid conditions besides SCLC, especially smoking-related diseases, such as cardiovascular diseases, chronic obstructive pulmonary diseases and other cancers [2,3].