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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.

Common treatments for extensive-stage small cell lung cancer: People in fairly good health are often treated with chemotherapy; surgery is typically not an option. Patients who respond well to chemotherapy may receive radiation therapy to the brain, to prevent the development of brain metastases, and may also undergo radiation therapy to the chest. Radiation therapy may also be used on other areas of the body to relieve symptoms caused by the spread of cancer. 

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


Last Revised: 04/05/2016

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