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What can the stage of your lung cancer tell you?

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  • It’s important to know the stage of your lung cancer. It tells you: Where a tumor or cancer cells are located in your lungs
  • How large your tumor is now
  • If your cancer’s in one spot or has spread

There are two main types of lung cancer: small cell and non-small cell. Each is staged differently. Knowing the stage helps your doctor choose the right treatments for you. It may also help her gauge your chances of success with that treatment. One thing your lung cancer stage can’t tell you is how long you’ll live.

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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