How do survival rates affect treatment for older people with lung cancer?

Information about people with lung cancer from The Society of Thoracic Surgeons (STS) General Thoracic Surgery Database and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) found that adults age 65 years and older who have lung cancer live longer after being treated with surgery. Since older adults make up a rapidly growing number of those diagnosed with lung cancer, this improved survival is especially significant.

Medical decision-making in older people with lung cancer can be fairly complex. The information about their long-term outcomes is beneficial. Details about long-term survival after lung cancer treatments, like surgery, can be included in the shared decision-making process when you talk about treatment options with your doctor. Specifically, this information will help doctors recommend better, more effective treatments to older people with lung cancer. It also helps surgeons plan for more personalized care.  

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