What is the Survival Rate for Lung Cancer?
Cancer survival rates are usually discussed in terms of 5-year relative survival, which refers to the proportion of patients still alive five years after diagnosis. Keep in mind that statistics like these are based on large groups of people and cannot predict what might happen with an individual patient.
Lung cancer survival remains poor due to a number of factors, including the absence of a reliable screening test for the general population and late-stage at diagnosis.
Lung Cancer Survival at Roswell Park
Roswell Park continually monitors, measures and evaluates all our patient outcomes and survival, and we compare our data to national data collected by the Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results (SEER) Program. Roswell Park’s Survival Data are shown below.
Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer
The pie chart below illustrates how many patients with non-small cell lung cancer have advanced disease at the time of diagnosis.
Small Cell Lung Cancer
This pie chart illustrates how many patients with small cell lung cancer have advanced disease at the time of diagnosis.
The following graphs illustrates the survival rates of patients with small cell lung cancer at Roswell Park, compared to the survival rates nationwide. Roswell Park patients have better survival rates.