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How is small cell lung cancer staged?

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If you have small cell lung cancer, your doctor may use the TNM (tumor, node involvement, and metastasis) system. Then, she’ll put your cancer into one of these two main stages:

  • Limited stage. It’s in just one lung and possibly nearby lymph nodes. It hasn’t spread to both lungs or past your lungs.
  • Extensive stage. Your tumor has spread to other areas of your lungs and chest. It may have spread to the fluid around your lungs (called the pleura) or other organs like your brain.

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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