When living with metastatic non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC)...
The little things feel even bigger. So I fight even harder.
Understanding your condition
Lung cancer is a cancer that starts in your lung. There are 2 main types of lung cancer: non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) and small cell lung cancer (SCLC). NSCLC comprises about 80% to 85% of lung cancers and includes both squamous and non-squamous cell carcinoma.
What is metastatic cancer?
When a cancer is referred to as “metastatic,” it means that the cancer has spread from the place where it started (your lungs) to other parts of the body. If the cancer has spread to farther parts of the body (for example, from the lungs to the liver), the cancer is considered to have “metastasized.”
What is staging?
Your doctor may talk to you about the stage of your disease, using numbers that indicate the level of severity. For example, stage 0 is less severe, whereas stage 4 lung cancer is more severe. Lung cancer treatments may vary by stage, so this can help guide your doctor on the options that make most sense for you.
Very often, lung cancer is diagnosed at a more advanced or metastatic stage. This is not your fault. Because the symptoms of lung cancer are often not present, lung cancer can be difficult to detect until a later stage.