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What is the mortality rate for lung cancer?

Jay M. Lee, MD
Thoracic Surgery (Cardiothoracic Vascular)
The stage of lung cancer is the most important determinant of prognosis and survival. The most extensive data relating stage to prognosis come from the Surveillance, Epidemiology and End Results (SEER) database, which showed that survival decreased progressively with more advanced disease from a median of 59 months for patients with stage I disease to four months for those with stage IV disease.

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