Together, we are stronger.
If non–small cell lung cancer spreads
Non–small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) cells have the potential to spread from the lung to other parts of the body where they can grow into new tumours. This process is called metastasis. The tumours are also called metastasis (singular) or metastases (plural). Metastases are also called secondary tumours.
Understanding the usual progression of cancer helps the doctor to predict its probable course, plan treatment and anticipate further care.
The most common sites where non–small cell lung cancer spreads are:
- lymph nodes in the lung, hilum or mediastinum
- the other lung
- chest wall
- pleural cavity
- adrenal glands
- liver – the most common site of distant metastases
Cancer-related emergencies are serious cancer-related problems that can occur because of non–small cell lung cancer.
Seeing my sister Erin – a young mother – struggle with the emotional blow and then the physical toll of cancer treatment made me want to do something to help women feel confident.
Establishing a national caregivers strategy
The Canadian Cancer Society is actively lobbying the federal government to establish a national caregivers strategy to ensure there is more financial support for this important group of people.