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What is lung cancer staging and how do doctors do it?

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After your lung cancer is diagnosed, the doctor will run tests to find out the size of the tumor and whether the cancer has spread to other parts of the body. This process is called staging. Knowing the stage of your disease is crucial because it will help you and your doctor choose the best course of treatment.

SOURCES:

American Cancer Society: “How is non-small cell lung cancer staged?”

American Cancer Society: “Surgery for non-small cell lung cancer.”

The Society of Thoracic Surgeons: “Lung/Thoracic Surgery.”

American Cancer Society: “Treatment choices by stage for non-small cell lung cancer.”

Penn Medicine: “Photodynamic Therapy (PDT).”

American Cancer Society: “Radiation therapy for non-small cell lung cancer.”

McElnay, P. , May 6, 2014. Journal of Thoracic Disease

UpToDate: “Patient Information: Non-small cell lung cancer treatment; Stage I to III cancer (Beyond the Basics)."

American Cancer Society: “Targeted Therapies for non-small cell lung cancer.”

National Cancer Institute: “General Information About Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer (NSCLC)," "NCI Dictionary of Cancer Terms."

Annals of Thoracic Medicine: “Bronchial Stents.”

Reviewed by Laura J. Martin on December 19, 2018

SOURCES:

American Cancer Society: “How is non-small cell lung cancer staged?”

American Cancer Society: “Surgery for non-small cell lung cancer.”

The Society of Thoracic Surgeons: “Lung/Thoracic Surgery.”

American Cancer Society: “Treatment choices by stage for non-small cell lung cancer.”

Penn Medicine: “Photodynamic Therapy (PDT).”

American Cancer Society: “Radiation therapy for non-small cell lung cancer.”

McElnay, P. , May 6, 2014. Journal of Thoracic Disease

UpToDate: “Patient Information: Non-small cell lung cancer treatment; Stage I to III cancer (Beyond the Basics)."

American Cancer Society: “Targeted Therapies for non-small cell lung cancer.”

National Cancer Institute: “General Information About Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer (NSCLC)," "NCI Dictionary of Cancer Terms."

Annals of Thoracic Medicine: “Bronchial Stents.”

Reviewed by Laura J. Martin on December 19, 2018

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