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What is the outlook for people with stage III lung cancer?

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About 1 in 3 people diagnosed with stage IIIA lung cancer live for at least 5 years after their diagnosis. For stage IIIB, the average 5-year survival rate is 26%. For stage IIIC, it's 13%. But these are big-picture statistics and can be hard to apply to specific people. To get good information on your prognosis, you'll want to talk with your doctor.

From: Stage III Lung Cancer WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

Lung Cancer Alliance: “Stage III: Lung Cancer and Treatment Options,” “Types of Lung Cancer.”  

American Cancer Society: “Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer Stages,” “Treatment Choices for Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer, by Stage.”  

Journal of Thoracic Disease : “Inoperable stage III non-small cell lung cancer: Current treatment and role of vinorelbine.”  

Canadian Cancer Society: “Lung cancer: Prognosis and survival for lung cancer,” “Stages of non-small cell lung cancer.”

Mayo Clinic: “Lung cancer: Diagnosis.”

Radiologyinfo.org: “Lung Cancer Treatment.”

Cancer Research UK: “Lung Cancer: Stage 3.”

Cleveland Clinic: “Lung Cancer: Management and Treatment.”

UpToDate: “Management of stage III non-small cell lung cancer,” “Overview of the initial evaluation, diagnosis, and staging of patients with suspected lung cancer.”

Canadian Cancer Society: “Stage of non-small cell lung cancer.”

European Society for Medical Oncology: “ESMO Consensus Guidelines: Locally-advanced stage III non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC).”

Texas Oncology: “Stage IIIA Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer.”

Reviewed by Laura J. Martin on July 30, 2019

SOURCES:

Lung Cancer Alliance: “Stage III: Lung Cancer and Treatment Options,” “Types of Lung Cancer.”  

American Cancer Society: “Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer Stages,” “Treatment Choices for Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer, by Stage.”  

Journal of Thoracic Disease : “Inoperable stage III non-small cell lung cancer: Current treatment and role of vinorelbine.”  

Canadian Cancer Society: “Lung cancer: Prognosis and survival for lung cancer,” “Stages of non-small cell lung cancer.”

Mayo Clinic: “Lung cancer: Diagnosis.”

Radiologyinfo.org: “Lung Cancer Treatment.”

Cancer Research UK: “Lung Cancer: Stage 3.”

Cleveland Clinic: “Lung Cancer: Management and Treatment.”

UpToDate: “Management of stage III non-small cell lung cancer,” “Overview of the initial evaluation, diagnosis, and staging of patients with suspected lung cancer.”

Canadian Cancer Society: “Stage of non-small cell lung cancer.”

European Society for Medical Oncology: “ESMO Consensus Guidelines: Locally-advanced stage III non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC).”

Texas Oncology: “Stage IIIA Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer.”

Reviewed by Laura J. Martin on July 30, 2019

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