Lungs Cancer Survival Rate

Lungs Cancer Survival Rate


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Lung Cancer Survival Rates by Type and Stage

People often ask us to give information on lung cancer survival rates. However, not every person who faces this cancer wants to know it. If you haven’t yet decided whether you want to know it, you are free to read this article later.

Survival rates are general statistics that are based on large groups of those who deal with the cancer. Bear in mind that they are unable to tell you for sure what will happen in your own case. Actually, no one is able to say exactly how long you’ll live in case you’re diagnosed with the lung cancer. Here a number of factors is taken into account – peculiarities of your own case, treatment procedures and fit you are.

Survival Rates in Case You’re Dealing With Non-Small-Cell Lung Cancer

The data presented below is a result of the study in which more than 81,000 patients from 19 countries took part. Don’t forget that the statistics for each stage is different since in some cases the stage was defined on the basis of scans and tests’ results meanwhile in other cases the stage was defined during a surgical operation.

Stage 1

There are 2 sub-stages in the first stage of the non-small-cell lung cancer. They are stage 1A and 1B.

In case you’re said to have the stage 1A, the survival rate amounts approximately to 58-73 %. It means that approximately 58 to 73 patients out of 100 manage to stay alive for at least 5 years after the diagnosis was made.

In case you’re said to have the stage 1B, the survival rate amounts approximately to 43-58 %. It means that approximately 43 to 58 patients out of 100 manage to stay alive for at least 5 years after the diagnosis was made.

Stage 2

The second stage of the non-small-cell lung cancer is as well divided into two sub-stages. They are stage 2A and 2B.

In case you’re dealing with the stage 2A, the survival rate amounts approximately to 36-46 %. It means that approximately 36 to 46 patients out of 100 manage to stay alive for at least 5 years after the diagnosis was made.

In case you’re dealing with the stage 2B, the survival rate amounts approximately to 25-36 %. It means that approximately 25 to 36 patients out of 100 manage to stay alive for at least 5 years after the diagnosis was made.

Stage 3

As well as the previous two stages, this one has two sub-stages – 3A and 3B.

If there has been defined the stage 3A, the survival rate amounts approximately to 19-24 %. It means that approximately 19 to 24 patients out of 100 manage to stay alive for at least 5 years after they were said to have the non-small cell lung cancer.

If there has been defined the stage 3B, the survival rate amounts approximately to 7-9 %. It means that approximately 7 to 9 patients out of 100 manage to stay alive for at least 5 years after they were said to have the non-small cell lung cancer.

Stage 4

This is the most advanced stage of the cancer when only approximately 2 to 13 % of patients manage to survive for at least 5 years after the diagnosis.

Someone may think that it is rather strange for the 3B stage of the cancer to have a survival rate from 7 to 9 % whereas it is from 2 to 13 % on the 4th stage. The crux of the matter here is that the staging system takes into account only the extent of the cancer. In other words, it doesn’t take into account particular types of cancer. Therefore, there may be more people on the 4th stage that have either a slowly depending type of cancer or the cancer that responds well to certain treatment procedures than on the 3rd stage.

Survival Rates in Case you’re Dealing With Small-Cell Lung Cancer

Lungs Cancer Survival Rate by Stage

The statistics you’ll find below were as well received during the International Lung Cancer Staging Project that took place in 2007. Here TNM staging system was used so that to get statistics on survival rates on the basis of the stage defined in accordance with the results of the scans and tests. More than 8,000 people who had small-cell lung cancer took part in it.

Stage 1

The first stage of the small-cell lung cancer has two sub-stages – 1A and 1B.

If you’re diagnosed with the stage 1A, the survival rate amounts to approximately 40 %. It implies that approximately 40 patients out of 100 manage to stay alive for at least 5years after the diagnosis was made.

If you’re diagnosed with the stage 1B, the survival rate amounts to approximately 20 %. It implies that approximately 20 patients out of 100 manage to stay alive for at least 5years after the diagnosis was made.

Stage 2

The second stage as well has two sub-stages – 2A and 2B.

If you’re dealing with the stage 2A, the survival rate amounts to approximately 40 %. It means that 40 patients out of 100 will manage to stay alive for at least 5 years after the cancer was detected.

If you’re dealing with the stage 2B, the survival rate amounts to approximately 20 %. It means that 20 patients out of 100 will manage to stay alive for at least 5 years after the cancer was detected.

As amazing as it is, but the fact is that the survival rate on the stage 2A seems to be higher than on the stage 1B. Scientists assume that it is due to the fact that few patients diagnosed with the stage 2A took part in the study. They also think that the statistics may not be that much reliable in comparison with others.

Stage 3

Here there are also two sub-stages – 3A and 3B.

If you’re suffering from the lung cancer on the 3A stage, the survival rate is approximately 15 %. In other words, approximately 15 patients out of 100 manage to stay alive for at least 5 years after they were said to have it.

If you’re suffering from the lung cancer on the 3B stage, the survival rate is approximately 10 %. In other words, approximately 10 patients out of 100 manage to stay alive for at least 5 years after they were said to have it.

The survival rates for stage 2A seemed to be higher than for stage 1B. Researchers think this is because the study had very few patients in the stage 2A group. They suggest that those statistics may not be so reliable as the others.

Stage 4

In case you’re said to have stage 4, the survival rate is only 1 %. Consequently, there will be only 1 patient out of 100 alive for at least 5 years after the diagnosis was made.

Survival Rates for All Types of Lung Cancer

Survival Rates for Lung Carcinoid Tumors

  • approximately 30 % (or 30 patients out of 100) will manage to stay alive for 1 or more years after they were said to have the lung cancer.
  • approximately 10 % (or 10 patients out of 100) will manage to stay alive for 5 or more years after they were said to have the lung cancer.
  • approximately 5 % (or 5 patients out of 100) will manage to stay alive for 10 or more years after they were said to have the lung cancer.

What has an Influence on the Survival Rates?

Your personal prognosis depends not only on the stage of the cancer, but also on the time it was diagnosed. In other words, such factors like how big the tumor is and whether it has invaded in other organs are taken into account. The type of your lung cancer also has an influence on your survival rate.

Your overall state of health and how fit you are may also affect your personal survival rate. Doctors refer to it as “your personal performance status”. If your score is 0, it implies that you’re completely capable of looking after yourself. If your score is 1, that you need some help but, in general, you’re quite capable of taking care of yourself. The score becomes higher in accordance with how much help you need. The fact is that those who have a very high score may have a worse prognosis.

Some Things to Know about the Statistics

Do not forget that this 5-year survival rate doesn’t mean that you’re doomed and that you’ll live for only 5 years after the diagnosis. It implies that people live for at least 5 years. The crux of the matter is that many patients manage to live longer.

Some survival rates are relative. Relative survival implies that some of the patients will die not necessarily from the cancer but for other reasons. Consequently, doctors are able to provide you with a more accurate statistic on cancer survival. In this article, the statistics for 1,5 and 10 years are relative survival rates.

Clinical Trials

Do not forget that clinical trials contribute greatly to the improvement of cancer treatment procedures. Currently, these trials are carried out with the view of improving as well as increasing survival rates in case a patient faces the lung cancer.

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