Extensive Stage Small Cell Lung Cancer
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Patients with small cell lung cancer (SCLC) will either be diagnosed in the limited or extensive stage of the disease. In the extensive stage, cancer has spread to tissue outside of the originally affected lung. Extensive stage small cell lung cancer can mean that the opposite lung now has the disease, or the cancer has spread further into distant organs, such as the liver or brain.
Due to the aggressive nature of small cell lung cancer, about 75 percent of patients discover the disease in the more advanced, extensive stage. At this point, surgery is typically not an option. For patients diagnosed with extensive stage SCLC, the median survival rate is 6 to 12 months.
There are numerous treatment options available for patients with advanced-stage disease at Cancer Treatment Centers of America (CTCA). We also provide therapies to ease the symptoms that can be associated with SCLC, while improving your quality of life.
Extensive Stage Small Cell Lung Cancer Treatment
Your care team will take into account the stage of the disease, along with factors such as your general health and personal preferences, to determine which treatments are best suited to you.
Radiation – This type of therapy is used in conjunction with chemotherapy in order to relieve symptoms and improve quality of life.
Chemotherapy – Chemotherapy is imperative when it comes to treating extensive stage small cell lung cancer, and the cancer usually responds well to this type of treatment. Chemotherapy is recommended for all cases of extensive stage SCLC, and is often combined with radiation as well.
Cancer Treatment Centers of America has numerous treatment options available, as well as supportive therapies to help with pain management and dealing with side effects. Call us at 1-800-615-3055, or Chat Now to learn more about the treatment options available for you, or a loved one, who has been diagnosed with small cell lung cancer.