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Survival Rate

Survival Rate

December 14, 2021
Sanjay Juneja, MD
Sanjay Juneja, MD

Medical Oncology

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Lung cancer survival rates depend on the stage of the cancer as well as a bunch of personal factors. The earlier the stage, the better survival. Furthermore, survival rates in non-small cell and small cell cancers vary pretty significantly. Individuals with localized lung cancer, so it’s early, have about a 63% five-year survival rate. While those with regional, so the lymph nodes are a little further or distant, have a 35% and 7% survival rate. So catching it early is key. Survival rates are significantly lower for those with small cell lung cancer. This is why we really push CT lung cancer screening if you qualify. If your lung cancer was diagnosed in the early stages, your chances of survival are higher than if your cancer was diagnosed at a later stage. Unfortunately, even stage three disease has almost a 40% chance of recurrence. So you really want to catch it early and do your screening.