Things About Lung Cancer Doctors Wish You Knew
Recovery is possible
If you’re diagnosed, your first thought is probably what your prognosis is. “Patients who do the best are diagnosed at early stages and have excellent lung function and overall health such that they can tolerate any of a number of treatments, including but not limited to surgery, chemotherapy, radiation, targeted therapy, and immunotherapy,” Dr. Park says. “In addition, there are many sub-types of lung cancer that are extremely slow-growing and very treatable.” A stage 1 lung cancer diagnosed in a lung-screening program has a 90 percent five-year survival rate, Dr. Sands says.