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Stages, types and grades

The stage of a cancer tells you how big it is and whether it has spread. The type tells which type of cell the cancer started from and the grade means how abnormal the cells look under the microscope.

Knowing the stage, type and grade of a cancer can help doctors plan your treatment.

The staging systems used for lung cancer can seem complicated. Ask your doctor as many questions as you need to in as much detail as you find helpful at this point. Lung cancer specialists are used to explaining things in a simple way that makes it easier to understand.

For support and help understanding information on lung cancer stages, types and grades you can call our Cancer Research UK nurses on 0808 800 4040. They are happy to help. Lines are open Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm.

Stages and grades of lung cancer

The stage of a cancer tells you how big it is and whether it has spread. Grading is a way of dividing cancer cells into groups based on how the cells look under a microscope.

Types of lung cancer

Find out about the different types of lung cancer. The most common type is non small cell lung cancer.

TNM staging

Get information about the tumour, node and metastasis (TNM) staging system for lung cancer.

Limited and extensive stage (small cell lung cancer)

Limited disease and extensive disease is a way of describing small cell lung cancer.

Stage 1

Find out what stage 1 lung cancer means and about treatments.

Stage 2

Find out what stage 2 lung cancer means and about treatments.

Stage 3

Find out what stage 3 lung cancer means and about treatments. Stage 3 non small cell lung cancer is also called locally advanced lung cancer.

Stage 4

Stage 4 is part of the number staging system. It means that the cancer has spread from the lungs. It is also called advanced lung cancer.

Last reviewed: 
04 Feb 2020

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