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The Stages of Lung Cancer

If you suspect that you may have an asbestos related lung cancer such as mesothelioma, you need to go to your doctor immediately to have a tissue biopsy done to check for cancer. The tissue biopsy and other tests will also help your physician to determine what stage of lung cancer you may have, if you do indeed have cancer. He or she will list a number from 0 to 4. It is important to know what these numbers mean, as they directly affect your prognosis.

  • Stage 0-this number indicates that the cancer has not yet spread past the inner lining of the lungs. This is a good thing to hear as it means you have caught the cancer at its earliest stage, which is difficult to do.
  • Stage 1-this stage means that the cancer is still localized within the lung. It has not yet spread to any lymph nodes.
  • Stage 2-the cancer has now spread to nearby lymph nodes. It can also mean that the cancer has not yet spread to lymph nodes but is already large in size.
  • Stage 3A & 3B-the cancer has now spread to tissue near the lungs. 3A means large tumors have spread to nearby lymph nodes or any size tumor has spread to further away lymph nodes. 3B means any size tumor has spread to distant lymph nodes and/or the tumor has invaded other structures in the chest.
  • Stage 4-the cancer has metastasized, or spread to another part of the body.

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