Lung cancer

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What is lung cancer?

Lung cancers are generally divided into two main categories: small cell lung cancers (SCLC) and non-small cell lung cancers (NSCLC). The type of cancer is determined by looking at the specific type of cancer cells that are present.

Common symptoms reported by people with lung cancer

Common symptoms
How bad it is
What people are taking for it

Reports may be affected by other conditions and/or medication side effects. We ask about general symptoms (anxious mood, depressed mood, insomnia, fatigue, and pain) regardless of condition.
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Treatments taken by people with lung cancer

You’ve tried
Treatment name(s)
Type
How many have tried
Tried for
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Treatment name(s)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
155
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Treatment name(s)

(Intensity-Modulated Radiation)
Type
Procedures
How many have tried
68
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Treatment name(s)

(Right upper lung lobectomy)
Type
Surgery
How many have tried
45
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Treatment name(s)

(Tarceva)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
21
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Treatment name(s)

(Opdivo)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
17
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Treatment name(s)

(Gilotrif)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
12
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Treatment name(s)

(Xalkori)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
11
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Treatment name(s)
Type
Surgery
How many have tried
9
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Treatment name(s)

(Alimta)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
8
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Treatment name(s)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
5

Data from patients with lung cancer, who reported starting treatments within the last 5 years.
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Compare treatments taken by people with lung cancer

You’ve tried
Treatment name(s)
Perceived effectiveness
Side effects
Total evaluations
Tried for
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Treatment name(s)
Perceived effectiveness
for adenocarcinoma (non-small cell lung cancer) (31 evaluations)
Side effects
Nausea Fatigue 86 more
Total evaluations
77
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Treatment name(s)

(Intensity-Modulated Radiation)
Perceived effectiveness
for adenocarcinoma (non-small cell lung cancer) (10 evaluations)
Side effects
Burn Swallowing difficulty (dysphagia) 33 more
Total evaluations
33
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Treatment name(s)

(Right upper lung lobectomy)
Perceived effectiveness
for adenocarcinoma (non-small cell lung cancer) (12 evaluations)
Side effects
Shortness of breath with exertion Hospitalization 20 more
Total evaluations
22
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Treatment name(s)

(Tarceva)
Perceived effectiveness
for adenocarcinoma (non-small cell lung cancer) (11 evaluations)
Side effects
Diarrhea Acne breakout 21 more
Total evaluations
13
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Treatment name(s)

(Opdivo)
Perceived effectiveness
for adenocarcinoma (non-small cell lung cancer) (4 evaluations)
Side effects
Blurry vision Chills 9 more
Total evaluations
12
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Treatment name(s)

(Gilotrif)
Perceived effectiveness
for adenocarcinoma (non-small cell lung cancer) (9 evaluations)
Side effects
Diarrhea Dry mouth 22 more
Total evaluations
10
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Treatment name(s)

(Xalkori)
Perceived effectiveness
for adenocarcinoma (non-small cell lung cancer) (10 evaluations)
Side effects
Fatigue Blurry vision 8 more
Total evaluations
10
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Treatment name(s)
Perceived effectiveness
for adenocarcinoma (non-small cell lung cancer) (1 evaluation)
Side effects
Shortness of breath (dyspnea)
Total evaluations
1
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Treatment name(s)

(Alimta)
Perceived effectiveness
for lung cancer (3 evaluations)
Side effects
Chronic fatigue esophageal spasms 4 more
Total evaluations
9
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Treatment name(s)
Perceived effectiveness
for small cell carcinoma (small cell lung cancer) (1 evaluation)
Side effects
Total evaluations
1
  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell
  • Severe
  • Moderate
  • Mild
  • None

Data from patients with lung cancer, who reported starting treatments within the last 5 years.
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Who has lung cancer on PatientsLikeMe?


Age
Age Proportion # of patients
<20 9
20s 82
30s 146
40s 443
50s 1,529
60s 1,967
70+ 1,198
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 1
20-29 years 13
30-39 years 29
40-49 years 77
50-59 years 165
60-69 years 127
70+ years 49

Sex

Distribution of sex

71% Female
29% Male

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 3,971
Not Diagnosed 483

These charts show data from lung cancer patients who have completed their condition history
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