Lung Cancer Survival Rates

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

AJCC Stage Group Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer

Stage at diagnosis for CY 2014-2015

This pie chart illustrates how many patients with non-small cell lung cancer have advanced disease at the time of diagnosis.1

 
Five-Year Relative Survival, Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer, Stages I-IV

Cases Diagnosed 2006-2013

The following graph illustrates the survival rates of patients with non-small cell lung cancer at Roswell Park, compared to the survival rates nationwide. Roswell Park patients, at every stage of disease, have better survival rates.2

Relative Survival compares the actual observed survival with the expected survival of persons unaffected by cancer.

 
Roswell Park 5-Year Relative Survival (2006-2013) for Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer
  Source 1 2 3 4 5
N=994 Roswell Park Stage I 95% 88% 85% 83% 83%
N=305 Roswell Park Stage II 85% 75% 68% 63% 63%
N=767 Roswell Park Stage III 68% 47% 39% 34% 33%
N=1430 Roswell Park Stage IV 38% 19% 13% 10% 8%

Small Cell Lung Cancer

AJCC Stage Group Small Cell Lung Cancer

Stage at diagnosis for CY 2014-2015

This pie chart illustrates how many patients with small cell lung cancer have advanced disease at the time of diagnosis.3

 
Five-Year Relative Survival, Small Cell Lung Cancer, Stages III & IV

Cases Diagnosed 2006-2013

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.4

Relative Survival compares the actual observed survival with the expected survival of persons unaffected by cancer.

 
Roswell Park 5-Year Relative Survival (2006-2013) for Small Cell Lung Cancer
  Source 1 2 3 4 5
N=123 Roswell Park Stage III 64% 37% 24% 23% 19%
N=262 Roswell Park Stage IV 33% 11% 6% 4% 4%

Stage I and II were omitted due to insufficient sample size.


1American Joint Commission on Cancer (AJCC) Stage I-IV Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer

2Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results (SEER) Program (www.seer.cancer.gov) SEER*Stat Database: Incidence - SEER 18 Regs Research Data + Hurricane Katrina Impacted Louisiana Cases Nov 2015 Sub (1973-2013 varying) - Linked To County Attributes - Total U.S., 1969-2014 Counties, National Cancer Institute, DCCPS, Surveillance Research Program, Surveillance Systems Branch, released April 2016, based on the November 2015 submission. Accessed February 8, 2017

3American Joint Commission on Cancer (AJCC) Stage I-IV Small Cell Lung Cancer

4Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results (SEER) Program (www.seer.cancer.gov) SEER*Stat Database: Incidence - SEER 18 Regs Research Data + Hurricane Katrina Impacted Louisiana Cases Nov 2015 Sub (1973-2013 varying) - Linked To County Attributes - Total U.S., 1969-2014 Counties, National Cancer Institute, DCCPS, Surveillance Research Program, Surveillance Systems Branch, released April 2016, based on the November 2015 submission. Accessed February 8, 2017