PREVIOUS QUESTION:

 

NEXT QUESTION:

 

What is staging for non-small-cell lung cancer?

ANSWER

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.

Keep in mind that no one can say for sure how your cancer will respond. Every person is different, and so is every cancer. Your doctor will make changes along the way to find what works best.

SOURCES:

American Cancer Society: “How is non-small cell lung cancer staged?” “Surgery for non-small cell lung cancer,” “Treatment choices by stage for non-small cell lung cancer,” “Radiation therapy for non-small cell lung cancer,” “Targeted Therapies for non-small cell lung cancer,” “Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer Stages.” "Immunotherapy for Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer."

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

Penn Medicine: “Photodynamic Therapy (PDT).”

Journal of Thoracic Disease: “Adjuvant or neoadjuvant chemotherapy for NSCLC.”

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

National Cancer Institute: “General Information About Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer (NSCLC).”

Annals of Thoracic Medicine: “Bronchial Stents.”

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on May 21, 2020

SOURCES:

American Cancer Society: “How is non-small cell lung cancer staged?” “Surgery for non-small cell lung cancer,” “Treatment choices by stage for non-small cell lung cancer,” “Radiation therapy for non-small cell lung cancer,” “Targeted Therapies for non-small cell lung cancer,” “Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer Stages.” "Immunotherapy for Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer."

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

Penn Medicine: “Photodynamic Therapy (PDT).”

Journal of Thoracic Disease: “Adjuvant or neoadjuvant chemotherapy for NSCLC.”

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

National Cancer Institute: “General Information About Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer (NSCLC).”

Annals of Thoracic Medicine: “Bronchial Stents.”

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on May 21, 2020

NEXT QUESTION:

What are the possible treatments for stage 0 non-small-cell lung cancer?

WAS THIS ANSWER HELPFUL

"ALEXA, ASK WEBMD"

THIS TOOL DOES NOT PROVIDE MEDICAL ADVICE. It is intended for general informational purposes only and does not address individual circumstances. It is not a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment and should not be relied on to make decisions about your health. Never ignore professional medical advice in seeking treatment because of something you have read on the WebMD Site. If you think you may have a medical emergency, immediately call your doctor or dial 911.

    This tool does not provide medical advice. See additional information.

    Other Answers On: