Small cell lung cancer extensive stage
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.
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