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If someone with emphysema or copd, and then gets lung cancer, how low is the survival rate?
8 doctors weighed in

Dr. Sue Ferranti
Internal Medicine
2 doctors agree
In brief: Low...
Lung cancer has a low survival rate regardless of whether or not COPD is also present.
By the time a person has symptoms, the cancer is already advanced so the best cure rate is when it is found before there are any symptoms. Because of this, the best approach is to stop smoking or never start since the prognosis is terrible once symptoms are present!

In brief: Low...
Lung cancer has a low survival rate regardless of whether or not COPD is also present.
By the time a person has symptoms, the cancer is already advanced so the best cure rate is when it is found before there are any symptoms. Because of this, the best approach is to stop smoking or never start since the prognosis is terrible once symptoms are present!
Dr. Sue Ferranti
Dr. Sue Ferranti
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Dr. Dennis Clifford
Internal Medicine - Pulmonary Critical Care
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Variable
It depends on the type of cancer and what stage (how advanced).
Lung cancer is a very serious disease with a high mortality rate in advanced stages. The underlying COPD contributes to the mortality.

In brief: Variable
It depends on the type of cancer and what stage (how advanced).
Lung cancer is a very serious disease with a high mortality rate in advanced stages. The underlying COPD contributes to the mortality.
Dr. Dennis Clifford
Dr. Dennis Clifford
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Dr. David Cooke
Surgery - Thoracic
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Depends on stage
Talk with a board certified thoracic and/or medical oncologist.

In brief: Depends on stage
Talk with a board certified thoracic and/or medical oncologist.
Dr. David Cooke
Dr. David Cooke
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Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Low
Majority of the patients with lung caner die within one year of diagnosis.
Having COPD or emphysema can only make matters worse.

In brief: Low
Majority of the patients with lung caner die within one year of diagnosis.
Having COPD or emphysema can only make matters worse.
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
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Dr. Douglas Arenberg
I'm sorry but this is wrong. The majority of patients with lung cancer DO NOT die within one year. Survivial data i best predicted by the stage, and even those with stage IV (the highest stage) have a median survival that is nearly one year. Stages I-III have better median survival than that. COPD does not make the prognosis worse, as long as you can tolerate treatment.
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