When you hear that someone has been diagnosed with lung cancer, you often hear about the stage of cancer, which indicates the extent to which the cancer has developed by spreading to lymph nodes or other organs.
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Lung cancer staging is important, because the stage of lung cancer directly impacts the chance of being cured, thoracic surgeon Sudish Murthy, MD, PhD, of Cleveland Clinic’s Heart & Vascular Institute explains in this whiteboard presentation.
Dr. Murthy also explains what types of diagnostic tests are used to determine the stage of lung cancer and how stage 1 and 2 lung cancer are defined. The good news is that 80 to 85 percent of stage 1 cancers can be cured. In addition, patients with both stage 1 and 2 cancer usually can be treated surgically, and those with stage 2 lung cancer also can benefit from chemotherapy.
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