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How likely is it that small cell lung cancer will return?

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Dr. Rada Ivanov
Internal Medicine - Pulmonary Critical Care
6 doctors agree

In brief: Quite likely

Quite likely, unfortunately.
Small cell lung cancer is considered spread at the time of diagnosis, that is why surgery is usually not an option. Some patients may have a complete remission with treatment, but in most cases it returns.

In brief: Quite likely

Quite likely, unfortunately.
Small cell lung cancer is considered spread at the time of diagnosis, that is why surgery is usually not an option. Some patients may have a complete remission with treatment, but in most cases it returns.
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Dr. Joseph Woods
Chemotherapy can be very effective with small cell.
Dr. Andrew Turrisi
Radiation Oncology
3 doctors agree

In brief: More than 50%

Of sclc recurs, so i guess you would say it is "likely;" however, the proporion surviving beyond 2 years in limited disease has climbed from <5% to > 20% - perhaps as high as 25%.
In ed very few survive beyond 24months free of disease. Knowing 'rate of recurrence' doesn't help the person confronting th disease. In ld, there is a chance for cure. Go for it!

In brief: More than 50%

Of sclc recurs, so i guess you would say it is "likely;" however, the proporion surviving beyond 2 years in limited disease has climbed from <5% to > 20% - perhaps as high as 25%.
In ed very few survive beyond 24months free of disease. Knowing 'rate of recurrence' doesn't help the person confronting th disease. In ld, there is a chance for cure. Go for it!
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