Non-Small-Cell Lung Cancer (cont.)
Overall, 14% of people with NSCLC survive for at least 5 years.
- People who have stage I NSCLC and undergo surgery have a 70% chance of surviving 5 years.
- People with extensive nonoperable NSCLC have an average survival duration of 9 months.
How well the person with NSCLC functions can have a strong effect on the survival duration. A person with small-cell lung cancer who functions well has an advantage over someone who cannot work or pursue normal activities.
Complications of NSCLC
Complications of chemotherapy
- Spinal cord compression
- Bone pain
- Hormone or electrolyte imbalances
- Problems with mental functioning or concentration
- Visual problems
- Liver failure
- Pain in right side from enlarged liver
- Weight loss
- Severe hemoptysis
- Unexplained fever (due to neutropenia or infection)
- Bleeding (due to low platelet count)
- Electrolyte imbalances
- Kidney failure
- Peripheral neuropathy (tingling, numbness, pain in extremities)
- Hearing problems
Koyamangalath Krishnan, MD, FRCP
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