Extensive Stage Small Cell Lung Cancer Stage 3

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June 10, 2017 at 12:26 pm  #1290844    


My mum who is 68 years has been diagnosed with the above. The mass in her right lung in lots of ‘nodes’. In the chest and one in the neck. She was told no cure and four rounds of chemo. They suggested radiotherapy would not be an option?

She asked for prognosis and was told told could be lots of months or a few months, even weeks without treatment, which should start within two weeks. Is my research right about the 9 – 10 months survival rate?

Sadly her cancer is from smoking.

Thank you in advance


June 10, 2017 at 1:54 pm  #1290845    
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Hi Joanne,

Welcome to GRACE. I am very sorry to hear of your mum’s diagnosis. A cancer diagnosis always creates a host of questions, and we’ll try to help answer those for you.

First, it’s unusual to hear a small cell lung cancer described as extensive stage and stage III. SCLC staging is usually divided into just two groupings – limited stage and extensive stage. Extensive stage is essentially the equivalent of stage IV non-small cell lung cancer, in which the cancer has spread outside the lung to locations such as the liver, brain, bones or adrenal glands. Each of these advanced stages are incurable, but treatable, with the aim to increase both the duration and quality of life. Treatment tends to consist solely of chemotherapy.

Limited stage SCLC is usually not subdivided into stage I, II or III; it is simply any SCLC that has not spread distantly (beyond the lung and some neighboring lymph nodes). Some patients are curable at this stage, often using a combination of chemotherapy and radiation.

It may help to read through Dr. Gadgeel’s introductory posts on small cell lung cancer:



If you have further questions after reading these posts, please let us know.

In the meantime, we will hope that your mum has a very good and sustained response to treatment.

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June 11, 2017 at 2:37 am  #1290846    


Thank you so much for getting back to me.
This helps with questions I know have for the oncologist next week when we see him again.
Best wishes

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