With any cancer diagnosis, the one factor that determines the entire path forward is whether it was detected early enough. This is especially poignant with lung cancer. Lung cancer is the second most common cancer in both men and women in the US, and is the leading cause of cancer-related deaths worldwide.  Early detection is a first sign of hope that the disease will be “easier” to treat, more responsive to treatments, and result in a higher survival rate. So at what point is a cancer detected early enough?
Understanding Cancer Staging
The AJCC (American Joint Committee on Cancer) developed a cancer cell classification system called the TNM Staging System, which helps an oncology team evaluate a cancer prognosis (outcome) and design an appropriate treatment plan with the hope of achieving a progression-free survival (PFS).
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