What is the average life expectancy of lung cancer patients?


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The relative five-year survival rate for patients diagnosed with lung cancer is 17.4 percent, as of 2015, according to the National Cancer Institute. The stage of cancer at initial diagnosis, the patient���s age and overall health, and individual response to treatment all affect treatment outcomes.

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The earlier the lung cancer diagnosis, the greater the patient���s overall odds of surviving past the five-year mark, notes the National Cancer Institute. Patients diagnosed with localized cancer have a 54.8 percent five-year relative survival rate, while patients diagnosed with regional cancer with spread to regional lymph nodes have a 27.4 percent five-year relative survival rate. Patients diagnosed after the disease metastasizes to distant sites have a 4.2 percent relative survival rate.

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