Reviewed by Bronwyn Long, DNP, MBA, RN, Jeffrey Kern, MD, Laurie L. Carr, MD

Small cell lung cancer (SCLC) affects 15% of all lung cancer patients. SCLC is the most aggressive type of lung cancer.


Stages of Small Cell Lung Cancer

The stage of lung cancer guides the best treatment option. When lung cancer is diagnosed, the next step is to determine the stage of your lung cancer.  Small cell lung cancer stages include:

  • Limited Stage: Cancer is found in one lung and lymph nodes between the lungs.
  • Extensive Stage: Cancer has spread outside of the lungs to other parts of the body.
  • Recurrent: The cancer has come back after treatment. The cancer may come back in the lungs or another part of the body.

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