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Non-small cell lung cancer
Non-small cell lung cancer is an umbrella term for several types of lung cancers that behavein a similar way. Non-small cell lung cancers include squamous cell carcinoma,adenocarcinoma and large cell carcinoma.> Stages of non-small cell lung cancer
Stage I.Cancer at this stage has invaded the underlying lung tissue but hasn'tspread to thelymph nodes.
Stage II.This stage cancer has spread to neighboring lymph nodes or invadedthe chest wallor other nearby structures.
Stage IIIA.At this stage, cancer has spread from the lung to lymph nodes inthe center of thechest.
Stage IIIB.The cancer has spread locally to areas such as the heart, bloodvessels, trachea andesophagus
all within the chest
or to lymph nodes in the area of thecollarbone or to the tissue that surrounds the lungs within the rib cage (pleura).
Stage IV.The cancer has spread to other parts of the body, such as the liver, bones or brain.
Signs and Symptoms
chroniccoughingor change in regular coughing pattern