Once the cancer is found in your lung, it is important for your oncologist to determine its stage. This is necessary in the choice of treatment; it helps your doctor to determine the most appropriate treatment. The stage of a small cell lung cancer is measured from the size of the tumor and its extension into your body. Unlike many cancers, small cell lung cancer has two stages:
- Limited – the cancer is confined to one lung and its nearby lymph nodes.
- Extensive – the cancer has affected both lungs, distant lymph nodes or/and organs: liver, brain, etc.