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Is there a cure for small cell lung cancer?

Diana Meeks
Diana Meeks on behalf of Sigma Nursing
Family Practitioner

There is not so much a cure for cancer as there is treatment, such as chemotherapy. The best chances for survival are when the cancer is diagnosed early, and treatment is begun before the cancer has grown or spread. Success of treatment also depends on the type of lung cancer a person has, with non-small cell lung cancer being treated successfully more often. Sixty to 70 percent of people live longer than five years after diagnosis and treatment if their lung cancer is a non-small cell lung cancer that is diagnosed and treated early. For people whose cancer has metastasized (spread) to other locations in the body, this rate drops to 2 percent.

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