Lung Cancer Staging

When a person is diagnosed with lung cancer, a doctor called a pathologist will study their lung tissue samples under a microscope to determine whether the person has small cell lung cancer or non-small cell lung cancer, and at what stage the cancer is. The stages of cancer tell the doctor whether or not the cancer has spread and how far it has spread. This helps the doctor determine the type of treatment to prescribe. The earlier lung cancer is diagnosed, the less likely it will have spread. If a person has a risk factor for lung cancer, like being exposed to asbestos, they should see a doctor to be tested.

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Staging non-small cell lung cancer

The staging system used for non-small cell lung cancer is called the TNM system, for Tumor, Nodes, and Metastases. In this staging method, there are four stages, starting with stage one, which means the cancer is still only in the place where it started, up to stage four which means the cancer has spread inside and outside the lung.

The pathologist assigns a stage to the cancer after examining the tumor itself, the lymph nodes, and looking to see if it is in all of the different tissue samples being examined. Here is what each stage means:

  • Stage I: The lung cancer is still in a very early stage. There is only a tumor in one lung and there is no spread to any lymph nodes.
  • Stage II: The cancer has begun to spread to the lymph nodes that are inside the lung with the tumor.
  • Stage IIIa: The tumor has spread to the lymph nodes outside of the lung with the tumor. The lymph nodes that are affected are around the windpipe, including those that are on the chest wall and the diaphragm on the same side as the lung with the tumor.
  • Stage IIIb: The cancer has spread to the lymph nodes in the opposite lung.
  • Stage IV: The cancer has spread to other parts of the lungs or to other tissues or organs throughout the body.

Staging small cell lung cancer

The staging system used for small cell lung cancer is much simpler because there are only two categories:

  • Limited stage: There is a tumor in one lung and in the lymph nodes that are near it.
  • Extensive stage: The tumor has spread outside of the lung or to other tissues and organs throughout the body.

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