Lung Cancer

Find the latest information about Lung Cancer here at No Surrender. A debilitating disease, it is important that research into Lung Cancer treatment is continued in order to help the many sufferers and their families.

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Lung Cancer Prognosis and Survival Rates

There is a lot of information on lung cancer prognosis and lung cancer survival rates out there, so here is some of the most common medical thoughts regarding the subject:

NSCLC are assigned a stage from I to IV in order of severity.

SCLC are staged using a two-tiered system:

Lung Cancer Prognosis

The overall prognosis for lung cancer is poor when compared with some other cancers. Survival rates for lung cancer are generally lower than those for most cancers, with an overall five-year survival rate for lung cancer of about 16% compared to 65% for colon cancer, 89% for breast cancer, and over 99% for prostate cancer. The prognosis of lung cancer is heavily dictated by the cancer's size and location, the presence of symptoms, the type of lung cancer, and the overall health status of the patient.

SCLC has the most aggressive forms of all lung cancers, with a median survival time of only two to four months after diagnosis when untreated. However, SCLC is also the type of lung cancer most responsive to radiation therapy and chemotherapy. Because SCLC spreads rapidly and is usually disseminated at the time of diagnosis, methods such as surgical removal or localized radiation therapy are less effective in treating this type of lung cancer. When chemotherapy is used alone or in combination with other methods, survival time can be prolonged four- to fivefold; however, of all patients with SCLC, only 5%-10% are still alive five years after diagnosis. Most of those who survive have limited-stage SCLC.

In non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC), the most important prognostic factor is the stage of the tumour at the time of diagnosis. Results of standard treatment are generally poor in all but the most smallest of cancers that can be surgically removed. Stage I cancers that can be completely removed surgically, five-year survival approaches 75%. Radiation therapy can produce a cure in a small minority of patients with NSCLC and leads to relief of symptoms in most patients. In advanced-stage disease, chemotherapy offers modest improvements in survival although rates of overall survival are poor.

Lung Cancer Survival Rate