Small cell lung cancer and acromegaly: A case report

Shuen Fu Weng, Kuo Meng Liao, Deng Huang Su, Chong Jen Yu, Fen Yu Tseng

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Abstract

Growth hormone is a growth factor for normal and abnormal tissues. Patients with acromegaly are postulated to be at greater risk for cancer development. To date, small cell lung cancer in such patients is not reported in the literature. We report a 76-year-old man with frank acromegaly resulting from a growth hormone-secreting pituitary macroadenoma. Small cell lung cancer in an early stage was diagnosed with a presentation of cough and hemoptysis. After considering the poor prognosis of small cell lungcancer and the differences of various treatment modalities for acromegaly, bromocriptine was administered for the pituitary tumor. The patient underwent chemotherapy and radiotherapy for small cell lung cancer. To our knowledge, this is the first report of small cell lung cancer in a patient with acromegaly.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)370-373
Number of pages4
JournalEndocrinologist
Volume15
Issue number6
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2005
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Acromegaly
  • Growth hormone
  • Growth hormone-releasing hormone
  • Pituitary adenoma
  • Small cell lung cancer

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism

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