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How is non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) described?

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Non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) is a more common type of lung cancer than small cell lung cancer.

One way to describe NSCLC is by its clinical, or pathologic, stage. Your doctor might use imaging scans to see what clinical stage it’s in. They let her take pictures of the inside of your body. She could also do a biopsy by taking a small piece of tissue from the tumor and looking at it under a microscope.

SOURCES:

American Lung Association: “Lung Cancer Staging.”

LungCancer.org: “Types and Staging of Lung Cancer.”

American Cancer Society: “Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer Stages.”

American Joint Committee on Cancer: “What Is Cancer Staging?”

Roswell Park Cancer Center: “Tumor Staging.”

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on June 30, 2017

SOURCES:

American Lung Association: “Lung Cancer Staging.”

LungCancer.org: “Types and Staging of Lung Cancer.”

American Cancer Society: “Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer Stages.”

American Joint Committee on Cancer: “What Is Cancer Staging?”

Roswell Park Cancer Center: “Tumor Staging.”

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on June 30, 2017

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