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Old 01-16-2001, 06:13 PM   #1
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This is for Chesapeake girl: There are stages from 0 to IV. I got several articles on non-small lung cancer because of my dad. According to my information there are 2 types of lung cancer non-small and small. The stage number indicates how advanced the cancer is, they then are subdivided according to how large the tumor is and how far it has extended, which is called TNM system. T (tumor), N(for regional lymph nodes, and M (for metastasis). T refers to the size and extension of the tumor itself. N followed by 0-3 refers to whether the cancer has reached regional lymph nodes, and
M refers to metastasis. Alot also depends if it can be taken out or not. My father can not be. If I can be of any help, please let me know. I went the hospital library where I work and got all kinds of information. My father is on oxygen all the time now and has started losing his balance. He took and lung test and without his oxygen he has only 26% breathing capacity.

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Old 01-17-2001, 05:18 PM   #2
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Thank you so much for taking the time to reply to me. It really helps me understand the numbers better. I am very sorry to hear about your father. My mother-in-law has just been diagnosed with lung cancer. She is going into the hospital next week for a biopsy, but the drs. said it is really bad and doesn't look good. That one mass has already grown over 7 centimeters on one side of her lungs and there is another mass on the other side that is 2 centimeters. We are suppose to find out more info next week.
Thanks again for your info....

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