CindyA Posted February 3, 2014 Share Posted February 3, 2014 by Lynn Eldridge MD Sometimes it seems like we are getting nowhere fast when it comes to lung cancer survival rates. Despite worthy excitement surrounding genetic testing and targeted therapies, the overall 5-year survival rate has remained painfully low - within a percentage point or so from what it was at the time I was born. But that appears to be changing, at least at Moffitt Cancer Center where this study was completed. This study, in fact, has me wanting to blow on those New Year's Eve noisemakers that have yet to be packed away. Researchers began this study by looking at lung cancer survival rates among nearly 5,000 people treated at Moffitt Cancer Center over 5 time periods spanning 22 years; from 1986 to 2008. During this time period Median survival (that is the time period at which 50% of people are still alive and 50% have died from lung cancer) increased from slightly over 1 year to a little over 2 years Overall survival increased from roughly 15% to 31% For people with stage 1 disease 5-year survival improved from 32% to 54%, the improvement for those with stage 2 disease rose from 13% to 36%, for stage 3 the increase was from 10% to 22%, and for stage 4 disease 5-year survival grew from only 3.4% to 9.6% A significant improvement in survival was noted for: People who were age 70 and older Women People who had never smoked or who had quit smoking Those with stage 1 lung cancer This represents data from only one cancer center, but the results are exciting as we are finally seeing the survival rate budge for lung cancer - a cancer that has resisted any significant change in survival for several decades. http://ow.ly/tfnEy Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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