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Survival statistics for non–small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) are very general estimates and must be interpreted very carefully. Because these statistics are based on the experience of groups of people, they cannot be used to predict a particular person’s chances of survival.
There are many different ways to measure and report cancer survival statistics. Your doctor can explain the statistics for NSCLC and what they mean to you.
Relative survival looks at how likely people with cancer are to survive after their diagnosis compared to people in the general population who do not have cancer, but who share similar characteristics (such as age and sex).
In Canada, a 5-year relative survival statistic is reported for lung cancer. The 5-year relative survival for lung cancer is 17%. This means that, on average, people diagnosed with lung cancer are 17% as likely to live 5 years after their diagnosis as people in the general population.
Survival varies with each stage of non–small cell lung cancer. The following factors can also affect survival for non–small cell lung cancer.
There are no specific Canadian statistics available for the different stages of non–small cell lung cancer. The following information comes from a variety of sources and may include statistics from other countries.
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People with cancer should talk to their doctor about their prognosis. Prognosis depends on many factors, including:
Only a doctor familiar with these factors can put all of this information together with survival statistics to arrive at a prognosis.
The Canadian Cancer Society is actively lobbying the federal government to establish a national caregivers strategy to ensure there is more financial support for this important group of people.