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Woman coughing because she has squamous cell carcinoma in her lungs.

Squamous cell carcinoma of the lungs, also called epidermoid carcinoma, is a type of non-small cell lung cancer that typically develops in one of the air passages, or bronchi, of the lungs. It is the second most common type of non-small cell lung cancer and accounts for roughly 30 percent of all lung cancer cases. This type of cancer is generally slow-growing, but it can eventually spread to other areas of the body.

What Are the Symptoms of Squamous Cell Carcinoma?

When a tumor develops in one of the lung’s air passages, it can result in a variety of symptoms, including:

  • A chronic cough
  • Chest pain
  • Trouble breathing
  • Coughing up bloody mucus

It is important to consult with a physician if you are experiencing any of these symptoms in order to receive an accurate diagnosis, as many other conditions can cause these same symptoms. Diagnosis requires an imaging scan to locate the tumor. If an abnormal growth is identified, the next step may be a biopsy, in which a pathologist tests a sample of the lesion to determine the type of lung cancer.

What Are My Treatment Options for Squamous Cell Carcinoma?

Treatment for squamous cell carcinoma of the lung typically involve:

  • Chemotherapy
  • Radiation therapy
  • Surgery
  • A combination of several of these options

Your specific treatment plan will depend on many individual factors, such as the tumor location, cancer stage, your overall health and other considerations.

Moffitt Cancer Center’s Approach to Squamous Cell Carcinoma of the Lungs

At Moffitt Cancer Center, the experts who make up our Thoracic Oncology Program meet regularly as a tumor board to ensure each patient’s treatment plan includes comprehensive care. When you seek treatment for squamous cell lung cancer at Moffitt, you can be confident that you will receive a treatment plan that is highly tailored to meet your unique needs.

​Medically Reviewed by​ Dr. Alberto​ Chiappori.

If you would like to learn more about receiving squamous cell carcinoma treatment at Moffitt, call 1-888-663-3488 or fill out a new patient registration form online. No referral is necessary to schedule an appointment.