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What is the survival rate for older adults after surgery for lung cancer?

Older adults are among the rapidly growing number of those diagnosed with lung cancer. The good news is that today people age 65 years and older are living longer after lung cancer surgery. Researchers recently found that, on average, people who had surgery for early stage lung cancer lived about 6.7 years. That's almost two years longer than the noted 5-year survival rate for lung cancer. The same research showed a greater-than-expected survival for older patients who had surgery for advanced lung cancer. 

Researchers based the findings on information from tens of thousands of patients age 65 and older who had lung cancer surgery between 2002 and 2012. 

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