• How can you go from stage1 to stage 4 in a month? I have non small cell lung cancer.

    Asked by Buttercup on Monday, October 8, 2012

    How can you go from stage1 to stage 4 in a month? I have non small cell lung cancer.

    I have squameous cell,non small cell cancer

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    • FreeBird's Avatar

      I have experience with squamous non small cell lung cancer, stage 2b, from my dad's first major cancer, almost three years ago now. Part of his treatment plan was to act quickly right after diagnosis to get him to the operating table, and then into chemotherapy. All stage 4 means is that it has spread far away from the point of origin. The cancer may have already been in your lymph nodes, and they only picked up on it after they opened you up and had a closer look. They removed some of dad's lymph nodes that were questionable and took a closer look at them. With my dad's current cancer-- pancreatic/biliary-- there is absolutely no primary tumor visible. He has a tumor in his liver.

      almost 6 years ago
    • nancyjac's Avatar

      If you were originally diagnosed as stage 1 via a biopsy or a local scan (of just the lungs), there would have been no way to determine metastasis to another organ, since those weren't within the range of the tests. Presumable you had a subsequent full body scan and additional diagnostic testing to confirm that the cancer had metastasized to another organ.

      almost 6 years ago
    • Shoeless' Avatar

      I was diagnosed stage 1 after a cat scan and biopsy, but then after a pet scan they changed the diagnosis to stage 2. That was 11 years ago, so don't be too disheartened by your latest diagnosis. Keep your chin up and fight like your life depended on it.

      almost 6 years ago
    • RubyFaye's Avatar

      I started out at stage 2B because the cancer in lung was 9cm. They said that was very large so that was why it was a 2B. After my surgery to remove lower left lobe, I was then a stage 4 because it has metastasized to my brain. I went in for my first radiation appointment and was told they would not be doing radiation because my PET scan showed cancer in my brain. I went in thinking I just had to get through radiation and in about 15 min. I was facing death within 3 years. I asked the same question. I have non small cell lung cancer and they staged me before all the scans had come back.

      about 5 years ago

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