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Lung cancer stages

Making an educated treatment decision begins with the stage, or progression, of the disease. Using the results from your diagnostic tests, your care team at Cancer Treatment Centers of America (CTCA) will develop an appropriate treatment plan for you.

If you have been recently diagnosed, we will review your pathology to confirm you have received the correct diagnosis and staging information, and develop a personalized treatment plan. If you have a recurrence, we will perform comprehensive testing and identify a treatment approach that is suited to your needs.

Video: Cancer Staging

Cancer Staging

Small cell lung cancer limited stage

Patients with small cell lung cancer (SCLC) will either be diagnosed in the limited or extensive stage of the disease. In limited stage small cell lung cancer, the cancer resides in one lung or in the nearby tissue. While the cancer may have spread to nearby lymph nodes or into the tissue between the lungs, the limited stage means that it has not metastasized to other organs in the body.

Due to the aggressive nature of small cell lung cancer, about 25 percent of patients are diagnosed with the disease in the limited stage. With a limited diagnosis, the median survival rate is about 16-24 months, with 14 percent at a 5-year survival rate.

Common treatments for limited-stage SCLC: For many people with limited-stage SCLC, surgery is typically not an option because the tumor is too large, or it has spread to adjacent lymph nodes or other areas of the lung. If the patient is in good health, the standard treatment is chemotherapy in addition to radiation. People who are too weak or in poor health and aren’t likely to tolerate chemotherapy and radiation together are often treated with chemotherapy alone, sometimes followed by radiation. 

We also provide therapies to ease the symptoms that can be associated with SCLC, while improving your quality of life.

How is lung cancer staged?

daniel nader

Staging is very important because the stage of the lung cancer dictates treatment. Dr. Nader describes how lung cancer is staged by using intrabronchial ultrasound and navigational bronchoscopy, followed by a non-surgical needle biopsy.

What is the difference between small and non-small lung cancer?

Dr. Weiss explains the difference between the two most common types of lung cancer, small-cell and non-small cell.

They are diagnosed by pathologists who examine tissue under a microscope to look for certain types of proteins in order to determine the cancer type.

Recent advancements in lung cancer treatment

In this explanation of innovative therapies, Dr. Nader talks about several treatment options, including intratumoral chemotherapy, brachytherapy, genomics and stereotactic radiation therapy.

The video also covers advancements in chemotherapy made possible by genomic tumor assessment and precision medicine.

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