If a diagnosis is found to be lung cancer, the doctor will want to learn the stage (or extent) of the disease. Lung cancer treatment depends on the size of the tumour and on how far it has spread. Staging is done to discover whether the cancer has spread and, if so, to what parts of the body.
Lung cancer is notorious for spreading to the brain or bones, and knowing how far it has advanced helps the doctor plan the most useful treatment. Some tests used to determine whether the cancer has spread include:
CAT (or CT) scan
Small Cell Lung Cancer
There are three stages for small cell lung cancer. It is considered limited, extensive, or recurrent.
Limited Stage: Cancer is found in one lung and in nearby lymph nodes. Treatment may well be one of the following: