NCCN Quick Guide™ | Lung Cancer - Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer - Treatment Planning

1 of 2 NCCN QUICK GUIDE tm Lung Cancer, 2018 This NCCNQUICK GUIDE tm sheet summarizes key points from the complet e NCCN Guidelines for Patients ® : Lung Cancer . These guidelines explain which tests and treatments are recommended by experts in cancer. To view and download the guidelines, visit NCC N.or g/ patients or, to order printed copies, visit What is lung cancer? It is a disease that causes cells within the lung to grow fast, live longer, and spread into other tissues. Most lung cancers start in cells that don’t look small (non-small cells). 8 How is lung cancer found? Your lungs may have small, round masses of tissue called nodules. These nodules can be seen with imaging tests. Your doctors will look at these nodules for features that suggest there may be cancer. If cancer is likely, fluid or tissue must be removed from your body and tested for cancer cells. 15 How is lung cancer staged? Cancer staging is a rating by your doctors of how far the cancer has grown and spread. Staging is very important for treatment planning. 22 Imaging and lab tests are used to assess the extent of cancer. 22 There are 5 stages of lung cancer. They are stage 0, stage I (IA & IB) stage II (IIA & IIB), stage III (IIA, IIIB, & IIIC), and stage IV (IVA & IVB). In general, earlier cancer stages have better outcomes. Some people will do better than expected. Others will do worse. 26 NCCN Guidelines for Patients ® Page Number Ü NCCN GUIDELINES FOR PATIENTS ® NCCN QUICK GUIDE tm Lung Cancer Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer Treatment Planning 2018