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NCCN QUICK GUIDE

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Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer, Version 1.2015

Treatment Planning

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).

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Do I have lung cancer?

Your lungs may have small, round masses of tissue called nodules. 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.

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How big is the cancer?

The stage that your doctors assign to the cancer tells about its growth and spread. Stage I

cancers are the smallest and haven’t spread. Stage II and III cancers are larger, grown further,

or have spread to lymph nodes. Stage IV cancers have spread to distant sites either within or

beyond the chest.

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What tests do I need?

All stages

Medical (health) history and body exam

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Blood tests to count blood cells and levels of chemicals

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CT scan for detailed pictures of inside your chest and belly area

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Lab tests of fluid or tissue from your body

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Stage I

PET/CT scan to see cell activity which might show cancer

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MRI of your brain if stage IB to look for tumors

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Bronchoscopy to look at your airways

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Tests of lymph nodes in the center of your chest

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Lung function tests if surgery may be an option

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NCCN Guidelines

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NCCN Quick Guide

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Non-Small Cell

Lung Cancer

This NCCNQuick Guide

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sheet summarizes key points from the complete

NCCN Guidelines for Patients ® : Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer.

These guidelines explain which tests and treatments are recommended by

experts in cancer. To view and download the guidelines, visit

NCCN.org/patients

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Version 1.2015

Treatment Planning