Lung Cancer

Stages of Lung Cancer

Stages of Lung Cancer

Stage 0

Stage 0 is typically curable by Surgery alone. It does not require Chemotherapy or Radiation therapy. Treatments such as CTC, X-ray, radiation. Laser therapy or brachytherapy (internal radiation) can be alternatives to Surgery for certain stage 0 cancers.

Stage I

When you have stage I, Surgery may be the only care you need. This can be accomplished either by removing the lung lobe that has the tumor (lobectomy), or by removing a smaller portion of the lung (resection of the arm, segmentectomy, or wedge). Doctors may also remove at least some lymph nodes in the lung and the area between the lungs.

Stage II

Patients who have stage II and are well enough for Surgery typically have cancer removed by lobectomy or resection of the arm. The entire lung is often needed to be removed (pneumonectomy). This would also kill any lymph nodes known to have cancer in them. The nature of the presence of the lymph nodes and whether or not cancer cells are present at the edges of the tissues removed are critical considerations when preparing the next treatment phase.

Stage III

In Stage III, Lung Cancer has spread to lymph nodes, to the other lung and may have also spread into essential chest structures. Some cancers aren’t entirely reversible by Surgery. Treatment, as with other stages of lung cancer, is dependent on the general health of the patient. If you are in relatively good health, Chemotherapy (chemotherapy), in combination with radiation therapy, can help you.

Stage IV

Stage IV means cancer has spread to areas that are difficult to treat. Treatment options depend on the areas to which the cancer has spread, size of the tumors, and the general health of the patient. If the patient is in good health, therapies such as Chemotherapy (chemotherapy), laser therapy, immunotherapy, and Radiation therapy will help to live longer and make them feel better by relieving the symptoms, even though a complete cure is unlikely.