Yesterday I talked to my drug administer nurse (not her official title) about my staging. What is 3b? What is 4? Her explanation for a non-oncologist was this:
Stage 3b means that the cancer has spread from its primary location to other adjacent locations like lymph nodes. (Size, threat, etc. also plays a role in the 1, 2, & 3 staging classification.)
Stage 4 means that the cancer has spread from its primary location to multiple organs and possibly lymph nodes.
My lung cancer has spread to two lymph nodes but not to other organs (as shown in the brain MRI and the PETscan)- thus the 3b classification.
Clarification to a prior post: My lymphs that are infected are both on the right side! (Mis-information provided by Dr L- ugh!) So, left upper lung and two right lymphs are contaminated. The cancer path is approximatly from my heart area to my right side collar bone. Again, surgery is still not an option. This shit is gonna get beat down by radiation, chemo, and ME. Die! Cancer Die!