Lung Cancer

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  • help each other live better and uncover the best ways to manage your health today
  • help researchers shorten the path to new treatments tomorrow

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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
47
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Treatment name(s)

(Brachytherapy (Internal Seed Implants))
Type
Procedures
How many have tried
23
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Treatment name(s)

(Tarceva)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
10
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Treatment name(s)

(Left upper lung lobectomy)
Type
Surgery
How many have tried
10
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Treatment name(s)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
6
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Treatment name(s)

(Alimta)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
6
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Treatment name(s)
Type
Surgery
How many have tried
5
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Treatment name(s)

(Xalkori)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
4
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Treatment name(s)

(Vicodin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
4
Tried for
Pain (4)
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Treatment name(s)

(Lyrica)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
4
Tried for
Pain (4) Lung Carcinoid Tumor (1)

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
How many evaluations
Tried for
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Treatment name(s)
Perceived effectiveness
for Adenocarcinoma (Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer) (9 evaluations)
Side effects
Hair loss Nausea 44 more
How many evaluations
22
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Treatment name(s)

(Brachytherapy (Internal Seed Implants))
Perceived effectiveness
for Adenocarcinoma (Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer) (3 evaluations)
Side effects
Burn Swallowing difficulty (dysphagia) 12 more
How many evaluations
12
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Treatment name(s)

(Tarceva)
Perceived effectiveness
for Adenocarcinoma (Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer) (3 evaluations)
Side effects
Diarrhea Dry skin 8 more
How many evaluations
6
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Treatment name(s)

(Left upper lung lobectomy)
Perceived effectiveness
for Adenocarcinoma (Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer) (3 evaluations)
Side effects
Shortness of breath with exertion Chronic pain 4 more
How many evaluations
7
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Treatment name(s)
Perceived effectiveness
for Adenocarcinoma (Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer) (1 evaluation)
Side effects
Muscle fatigue
How many evaluations
2
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Treatment name(s)

(Alimta)
Perceived effectiveness
for Lung Cancer (1 evaluation)
Side effects
How many evaluations
1
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Treatment name(s)
Perceived effectiveness
No evaluations
Side effects
No evaluations
How many evaluations
0
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Treatment name(s)

(Xalkori)
Perceived effectiveness
for Adenocarcinoma (Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer) (2 evaluations)
Side effects
Edema of extremities Fatigue 3 more
How many evaluations
2
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Treatment name(s)

(Vicodin)
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (4 evaluations)
Side effects
Lack of motivation
How many evaluations
4
Tried for
Pain (4)
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Treatment name(s)

(Lyrica)
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (2 evaluations)
Side effects
Dry mouth Sleeplessness 1 more
How many evaluations
3
Tried for
Pain (4) Lung Carcinoid Tumor (1)

Data from patients with Lung Cancer, who reported starting treatments within the last 5 years.
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  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell
  • Severe
  • Moderate
  • Mild
  • None

Who has Lung Cancer on PatientsLikeMe?


Age
Age Proportion # of patients
<20 11
20s 60
30s 96
40s 238
50s 722
60s 805
70+ 428

Sex

Distribution of sex

68% Female
32% Male
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 0
20-29 years 6
30-39 years 10
40-49 years 12
50-59 years 14
60-69 years 10
70+ years 3

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 1,352
Not Diagnosed 230

These charts show data from Lung Cancer patients who have completed their condition history
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