Small cell lung cancer (SCLC) makes up 10%-15% of all lung cancers. It’s less common and more aggressive than non-small cell lung cancer. It usually begins in the major airways in the center of the chest that lead to the lungs.
The Two Stages of SCLC:
- Limited-stage small cell lung cancer (LS-SCLC) means that the cancer is in one lung or confined to one side of the chest and can be treated within a single radiation port
- Extensive-stage small cell lung cancer (ES-SCLC) means that cancer has spread from one lung to the other, to lymph nodes on the other side of the chest, or to other parts of the body. Extensive-stage is the most common type of small cell lung cancer. Approximately 70% of people have ES-SCLC when they are diagnosed with small cell lung cancer
While facing a diagnosis of small cell lung cancer can be shocking and overwhelming, we’re here to help you feel informed, confident and ready to plan your next steps.
In recent years, there have been new advancements in SCLC treatments. Talk with your doctor about the right treatment options available for you or your loved one.