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Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer, Version 1.2015

Treatment Planning

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What tests do I need (continued)?

Stage II

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

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MRI of your brain to look for tumors

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Maybe MRI of spine and thoracic inlet if superior sulcus tumor

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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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Stage III

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

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MRI of your brain to look for tumors

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Maybe MRI of spine and thoracic inlet if superior sulcus tumor

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Bronchoscopy, if stage IIIA, to look at your airways

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Tests of lymph nodes in the center of chest to confirm stage IIIA

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Tests of lymph nodes in the center of your chest, above your collarbone, or

in your neck to confirm stage IIIB

Maybe lung function tests if surgery may be an option

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Stage IV

PET/CT scan if cancer is in only one distant site

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MRI of your brain, if there are symptoms, to look for tumors

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Bronchoscopy if cancer is in only one distant site

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Tests of cancer spread

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Molecular testing if cancer is a widespread adenocarcinoma, large cell, or

other rare type

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Maybe molecular testing if cancer is a widespread squamous cell

carcinoma

What's treatment like?

It depends on the type. Treatments differ by method, side effects, and what’s required of you.

Share your thoughts about treatment with your doctors so you get the best plan.

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