Lung Cancer Survival

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Lung cancer survival depends on the stage when the lung cancer was diagnosed. As is true with other types of cancer, lung cancer survival rate is highest at its early stage, and diminishes as the stage progresses.

Five-year survival

Survival from lung cancer is usually stated in terms of the 5-year survival rate. The 5-year survival rate is the percentage of patients of a given lung cancer stage who remain alive five years after diagnosis and treatment. The following table summarizes the 5-year survival rate after treatment of lung cancer:

Stage 2-Year Survival 5-Year Survival
IA 86% 67%
IB 76% 57%
IIA 70% 55%
IIB 55% 38%
IIIA 5-30%

The survival rate for stage IIIB and IV patients remain low.

From the table above, it is easy to see that the best chance for survival in lung cancer is detection and treatment at an early stage. Unfortunately, early diagnosis of lung cancer is not yet the norm. The most cost-effective and healthful way to increase survival in lung cancer is to prevent it in the first place. And the best way to prevent (or at least reduce the risk of) lung cancer is to stop smoking. A little conviction and will power to quit smoking will go a long way to avoid this dreadful disease.