Stages of Lung Cancer

As the second most common type of cancer in men and women, lung cancer accounts for about 13 percent of all new cancer diagnoses according to the American Cancer Society.

Early detection of lung cancer is ideal for prognosis and survival, however many first symptoms of the disease such as coughing and fatigue are unfortunately overlooked.

Determining an optimal treatment plan for a lung cancer diagnosis largely depends on how far along the disease has progressed. If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with lung cancer, an important next step is determining the stage of the cancer.

  • Stage I: Cancer is detected only in the lungs and has not spread.
  • Stage II: Cancer is in the lung and has spread to nearby lymph nodes.
  • Stage III: Cancer is found in the lung and in the lymph nodes in the middle of the chest, also described as locally advanced disease.
  • Stage IV: The most advanced stage of lung cancer due to the spread of the disease to both lungs, to fluid in the area around the lungs, or to another part of the body, such as the liver or other organs.

When facing a cancer diagnosis, it’s important to investigate all options available before seeking treatment. Learn how Rush Radiosurgery treats lung cancer with TrueBeam STx® technology here.

This is not intended as medical advice to replace the expertise and judgment of your health care team. It is intended to help you and your family make informed decisions, together with your doctor.