Lung Cancer Survival Rate

Woman who is a lung cancer survivor.

The lung cancer survival rate has been gradually improving over the last few decades. With significant advancements in treatment options, the survival rates are even more favorable for patients who are diagnosed early and patients who are under 50 years old at the time of their diagnosis. Additionally, patients with non-small cell lung cancer tend to have more favorable survival rates, as do patients who are able to complete a multimodal course of treatment. 

When you consider the overall lung cancer survival rate, it’s important to keep several things in mind. For instance:

  • Survival rates don’t take into account the way that each patient responds to treatment. At best, they’re general statistics – not precise, individualized predictions. 
  • Survival rates are often based on patients who were diagnosed with lung cancer five to 10 years ago. Because treatments have recently become more advanced, the true survival rate may be higher for patients who have been diagnosed in recent years.
  • Survival rates are often measured with very specific benchmarks – including one-year survival, three-year survival and five-year survival. However, these terms don’t mean that the patients only survived for the noted amount of time; patients who achieve one-year survival often go on to live for many more years.

At Moffitt Cancer Center, we’re dedicated to improving the lung cancer survival rate. Our research teams develop and test the newest lung cancer treatments, and we make them available to our patients through our clinical trial program. Because of these efforts, the National Cancer Institute has named us a Comprehensive Cancer Center – the only such center based in Florida. What’s more, we take an individualized, multispecialty approach to treatment, which has been repeatedly found to help patients improve their chances at survival and enjoy a higher quality of life.

Medically Reviewed by Dr. Jacques Fontaine.

If you have questions about the lung cancer survival rate, call 1-888-663-3488, or use our new patient registration form to schedule an appointment with one of our oncologists specializing in lung cancer. Referrals are never required to come to Moffitt Cancer Center.