Several staging systems have been proposed for small cell lung cancer (SCLC). These staging systems include the following:
American Joint Committee on Cancer (AJCC) Tumor, Node, and Metastasis (TNM).
Veterans Administration Lung Study Group (VALG).
International Association for the Study of Lung Cancer (IASLC).
No universally accepted definition of this term is available. Limited-stage disease (LD) SCLC is confined to the...
Electrocautery. Electrocautery is the use of a low-voltage electrical charge to destroy tumors.
Watchful waiting.Watchful waiting means being watched closely by your doctor but not having treatment until you show symptoms or a change of some kind. It is only used in rare cases.
Your doctor may check for tumor markers (biomarkers), such as EGFR, ALK, and KRAS, that are caused by gene changes (mutations) in cancer cells. This can help your doctor choose the treatment that will
work best for you.
Other treatments for SCLC include:
Endoscopic stent placement. This is done to open a blocked airway so you can breathe more easily. A flexible lighted viewing instrument (endoscope) is used to place a small hollow tube (a stent) in your bronchial tubes if a tumor is making it hard for you to breathe.
The kind of treatment and the
long-term outcome of
lung cancer depends on the
type and stage of the cancer and also on your age and your overall health.
Some treatments can cause side effects. Home treatment
measures may help.
Your quality of life is critical when you are considering your treatment choices.
Discuss your personal preferences with your
oncologist when he or she recommends treatment.
Additional information about lung cancer is provided by the National Cancer Institute at www.cancer.gov/cancertopics/types/lung.
Dealing with your emotions
If you have been recently diagnosed with lung cancer, you may feel
denial, anger, and grief. Reactions vary from person to person. Talk to your doctor about steps you can take to help with your
If you are having a hard time moving forward with your life, talk
with your doctor. Your cancer treatment center may offer counseling services.
You may also contact your local chapter of the American Cancer Society to help
you find a support group.