Get your health question answered instantly from our pool of 18000+ doctors from over 80 specialties
138 Doctors Online

By proceeding, I accept the Terms and Conditions

Dr. Andrew Rynne
Dr. Andrew Rynne

Family Physician

Exp 50 years

HCM Blog Instant Access to Doctors
HCM BlogQuestions Answered
HCM Blog Satisfaction

What is the survival rate of lung cancer?

Answered by
Dr. Muhammad Ahmad

General & Family Physician

Practicing since :2012

Answered : 1308 Questions

Posted on Tue, 20 Oct 2015 in Lung Cancer
Question: My wife has a lesion in her upper lobe of her right lung. We have had a PET to determine if there are any other concerns. There are not. We were scheduled to have surgery on the 30th of Sept. She got a call for the surgeon and was told he does not accept her insurance. The lesion was found 2 months ago. How aggressive is lung cancer. Another doctor here told me that if the cancer had not spread the she could except 10 to 15 years of good health. I am very concerned that the cancer will spread before we can get the necessary surgery.
Thank you
Answered by Dr. Muhammad Ahmad 1 hour later
Brief Answer:
Yes if its a cancer one has to start treatment ASAP

Detailed Answer:

Welcome to Health Care Magic.

Thanks for writing.

I am Dr.Muhammad Ahmad. I have read your question completely, i understand your concern and will try to help you in best way possible.

The prognosis and survival chances depend upon the type of cancer present and the stage of cancer, your doctor was right in that if the cancer is of dangerous type and it has soread then survival is difficult but if the cancer is of less malignant kind and it hasen't spread around then there are indeed chances to live 10-15 good years.

I would suggest you to keep discuss this with you doctor and discuss about the type of cancer and what are survival chances..if PET didnt show anything out of the ordinary..this is a good news,but still if there is cancer and it is spreading you have to start the treatment wether surgery or chemo immediately according to your doctor's suggestion.

Don't panic everything should be fine I hope treatment gets responded better than expected.

I hope this answered your question, a
if you have more please feel free to ask.


Dr.Muhammad Ahmad.

M.B.B.S(Licensed Family Physician)

Resident M.D.
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Chakravarthy Mazumdar

The User accepted the expert's answer

Share on
Question is related to
Diseases and Conditions

Recent questions on  Lung cancer

doctor1 MD

I take care of my mother who has stage IV lung cancer. My 3 year old son woke up in the middle of the night with a croupy cough and very tight...

doctor1 MD

My Dad has stage 4 lung cancer and 3 tumors in his brain. Among the other problems, he is having trouble urinating. He is incontinent but will...

doctor1 MD

Yes, thank you. About 6 weeks ago my mother had a neupogen injection following chemo for lung cancer. She had neupogen several times prior to this...

doctor1 MD

I am a carcinoid patient, had a small bowell resection 6 years ago and I am being treated with sandostatin lar 20 mg. each month. I am considering...

doctor1 MD

I have diverticulitis and usually take Bactrim but now I am on Keytruda for lung cancer . I have a prescribed bottle of Metronidazole and don't...

doctor1 MD

My wife is 77 years old. In 2016, she had 1/2 of right lung removed due to lung cancer . She then had a-fib and later chemo for cancer. In march...

doctor1 MD

Hello I am 65 yr old medical history of osteo arthritis brain tumor removal non cancerous acoustic neuroma which left me deaf in my right ear;...