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Lung Cancer (cont.)

Lung Cancer Prognosis

Overall (considering all types and stages of lung cancer), 18% of people with lung cancer survive for at least 5 years. Survival rates tend to be low when compared to the 65% 5-year survival rate for colon cancer, 91% 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 5 years.
  • People with extensive nonoperable lung cancer have an average survival duration of 9 months or less.
  • Those with limited SCLC who receive chemotherapy have a 2-year survival rate of 20% to 30% and a 5-year survival rate of 10% to 15%.
  • Less than 5% of people with extensive-stage SCLC (small cell cancers) are alive after 2 years, with a median survival range of eight to 13 months.
Last Reviewed 11/17/2017

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