A lung cancer diagnosis brings with it several unique factors. It is the second most common type of cancer in both men and women, and the deadliest type of cancer. This could be because the symptoms of lung cancer are not very unique and so it is often not diagnosed until later stages, after it has metastasized (spread) to other parts of the body. Even before it spreads, tumors in the lungs are unique in that they can move up to two inches during radiation treatment. That’s why CyberKnife is so effective in treating lung tumors. With CyberKnife, the radiation oncology experts at Alaska CyberKnife can target only the cancerous cells and track the tumor as it moves. CyberKnife can also be used in conjunction with surgery and other treatment methods at all stages of tumor development.
As in other cancers, doctors use the TMN criteria to help determine the stages of lung cancer.
Doctors assign levels for each of the above factors and then combine these levels into stages. They stages of lung cancer are:
Your CyberKnife cancer center experts will base your cancer on several factors, including the type of cancer your are diagnosed with. There are three types:
Confused about the type of cancer that you’ve been diagnosed with and the best treatment methods for that type? Our caring Anchorage cancer experts are here for you. Call us today at (907) 312-2112 for your free phone consultation. We’ll answer all of your questions and explain each treatment option in words that make sense to you. We also have a convenient online contact form that you may use to ask questions or schedule your first appointment. Let us show you how CyberKnife can be an effective part of your lung cancer treatment plan.
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