What stage is advanced lung cancer?
Stage 4 lung cancer is the most advanced stage of lung cancer. In stage 4, the cancer has spread (metastasized) to both lungs, the area around the lungs, or distant organs. The most common type of lung cancer is non-small cell lung cancer.
Is Stage 4 cancer considered advanced?
Stage 4 cancer, also known as metastatic cancer, is the most advanced stage. It is the least likely to be cured and is unlikely to end up in remission.
How long do people live with Stage 4 lung cancer?
Stage 4 lung cancer usually has a poor prognosis. One study found that depending on the stage of the metastases (spread) the average survival time following diagnosis of stage 4 lung cancer ranged from 6.3 months to 11.4 months.
Is Stage 4 lung cancer a death sentence?
Advanced lung cancer is no longer an automatic death sentence.
Does Chemo work for Stage 4 lung cancer?
For metastatic (stage IV) NSCLC: Chemo may be given for lung cancer that has spread to areas outside the lung such as the bones, liver, or adrenal gland.
How long does it take for lung cancer to progress from Stage 1 to Stage 4?
It takes about three to six months for most lung cancers to double their size. Therefore, it could take several years for a typical lung cancer to reach a size at which it could be diagnosed on a chest X-ray.
What is the most aggressive form of lung cancer?
SCLC is very rare in people who have never smoked. SCLC is the most aggressive form of lung cancer. It usually starts in the breathing tubes (bronchi) in the center of the chest. Although the cancer cells are small, they grow very quickly and create large tumors.