What Are the Survival Rates for People With Lung Cancer?
Lung cancer is often difficult to cure, especially if it has already spread outside of the lungs. But even in these cases, treatment can often slow the growth of the cancer or even shrink it for a time. This may help ease symptoms, improve your quality of life, and help you live longer.
According to the American Cancer Society, these are the facts about lung cancer. The five-year relative survival rate is the number of people who live at least five years after their cancer is diagnosed. This rate does not include people who die from other causes.
The five-year relative survival rate is 53 percent for people whose lung cancer is contained in the lung tissue and has not spread to other organs or lymph nodes. However, only a small percentage of people with lung cancer are diagnosed at this early stage.
People whose lung cancer has grown into other nearby structures or has spread to nearby lymph nodes have a five-year relative survival rate of 24 percent.
If the cancer has spread to distant sites, the five-year relative survival rate is about 4 percent.