Lung Cancer (cont.)
Lung Cancer Prognosis
Overall (considering all types and stages of lung cancer), 16% of people with
lung cancer survive for at least five years. Survival rates tend to be low when
compared to the 65% five-year survival rate for colon cancer, 89% for breast
cancer, and over 99% for prostate cancer.
- People who have early stage (stage I) NSCLC and undergo lung
surgery have a 60% to 70% chance of surviving five years.
- People with extensive nonoperable lung cancer have an
average survival duration of nine months or less.
- Those with limited SCLC who receive chemotherapy have
a two-year survival rate of 20% to 30% and a five-year survival rate of
10% to 15%.
- Less than 5% of people with extensive-stage SCLC
(small cell cancers) are alive after two years, with a median survival range of
eight to 13 months.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 2/15/2013
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