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Small-Cell Lung Cancer (cont.)

Outlook

The success of treatment depends on the stage of small-cell lung cancer.

In approximately 65-70% of People 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.

People 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 People 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 People with small-cell lung cancer is less than 20%.People with small cell lung cancer have the highest rate of developing a second primary cancer, usually in 5% to 10% percent of cases, but as high as 30%

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 6/25/2014
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