Small cell lung cancer stages
Small cell lung cancer develops when nerve or hormone-producing cells start to grow uncontrollably. When diagnosing, SCLC is classified into two stages:
- Limited stage—The lung cancer is localized to only one area of the chest (like a single lung or in lymph nodes in the same area of the chest).
- Extensive stage—The cancer has spread throughout the lung and may have metastasized to the other lung, lymph nodes or surrounding tissues.
People with small cell lung cancer may experience a range of symptoms, from none to any of the following: fatigue, cough, shortness of breath, chest pain, loss of appetite, unexplained weight loss, coughing up phlegm or blood, or swelling of the neck or face.