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How likely is surviving lung cancer?

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Dr. Charles Sturgis
Pathology 29 years experience
Stage dependent: Odds of surviving lung cancer depend upon the stage (extent/spread) of the cancer at the time of diagnosis. A small tumor that is confined to the lung and has not spread to lymph nodes (stage 1) may be completely cured. An advanced tumor that is large and has spread to lymph nodes and other organs (such as brain/liver/adrenal glands) will be treated but will be challenging to completely cure.
Dr. Creighton Wright
General Surgery 56 years experience
Depends: Found early, small and peripheral in the lung one may be cured if advanced, small cell, metastatic there is palliative but no cures likely.
Dr. Andrew Turrisi
Radiation Oncology 47 years experience
Most lung cancer: Presents at advanced stage: no predictable cure if metastatic at outset, unresectable local disease perhaps 1/3 survive 5 years with chemoradiotherapy, the outlook is best for the smallest subset that present with resectable disease, now with some cases receiving adjuvant chemotherapy.
Dr. Charles Sturgis
Pathology 29 years experience
Depends on stage...: The best predictor of surviving lung cancer is the stage or extent of the disease at diagnosis. If the cancer is small and has not spread out of the lungs, then much better odds of survival. If the cancer is large and has spread to lymph nodes and other organs (like liver, adrenals, or brain), then long term survival is less likely.
Dr. Creighton Wright
General Surgery 56 years experience
Depends: Found early, small and peripheral in the lung one may be cured if advanced, small cell, metastatic there is palliative but no cures likely.

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