Small-Cell Lung Cancer (cont.)
Michael Perry, MD, FACP
Shehnaz Shaikh, MD
Winston W Tan, MD
Mary L Windle, PharmD
Shreekanth V Karwande, MBBS
IN THIS ARTICLE
The success of treatment depends on the stage of small-cell lung cancer.
In approximately 65-70% of persons with small-cell lung cancer, the disease has already spread to other organs of the body by the time small-cell lung cancer is diagnosed.
Persons with small-cell lung cancer in the advanced stage cannot be cured. They usually survive less than 1 year.
Treatment may be moderately successful for persons with limited-stage disease. However, even with limited-stage disease, the median survival time is less than 2 years.The overall 5-year survival rate for persons with small-cell lung cancer is less than 20%.
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