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

Treatment name(s)
Type
How many have tried
Tried for
Treatment name(s)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
164
Treatment name(s)

(Intensity-Modulated Radiation)
Type
Procedures
How many have tried
75
Treatment name(s)

(Right upper lung lobectomy)
Type
Surgery
How many have tried
47
Treatment name(s)

(Tarceva)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
23
Treatment name(s)

(Opdivo)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
20
Treatment name(s)

(Gilotrif)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
15
Treatment name(s)

(Xalkori)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
13
Treatment name(s)
Type
Surgery
How many have tried
9
Treatment name(s)

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

(Iressa)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
6

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

Treatment name(s)
Perceived effectiveness
Side effects
Total evaluations
Tried for
Treatment name(s)
Perceived effectiveness
for adenocarcinoma (non-small cell lung cancer) (33 evaluations)
Side effects
Nausea Fatigue 88 more
Total evaluations
80
Treatment name(s)

(Intensity-Modulated Radiation)
Perceived effectiveness
for adenocarcinoma (non-small cell lung cancer) (11 evaluations)
Side effects
Burn Swallowing difficulty (dysphagia) 34 more
Total evaluations
35
Treatment name(s)

(Right upper lung lobectomy)
Perceived effectiveness
for adenocarcinoma (non-small cell lung cancer) (14 evaluations)
Side effects
Shortness of breath with exertion Hospitalization 20 more
Total evaluations
24
Treatment name(s)

(Tarceva)
Perceived effectiveness
for adenocarcinoma (non-small cell lung cancer) (12 evaluations)
Side effects
Diarrhea Acne breakout 22 more
Total evaluations
14
Treatment name(s)

(Opdivo)
Perceived effectiveness
for adenocarcinoma (non-small cell lung cancer) (6 evaluations)
Side effects
Joint pain Blurry vision 16 more
Total evaluations
14
Treatment name(s)

(Gilotrif)
Perceived effectiveness
for adenocarcinoma (non-small cell lung cancer) (11 evaluations)
Side effects
Diarrhea Dry skin 30 more
Total evaluations
12
Treatment name(s)

(Xalkori)
Perceived effectiveness
for adenocarcinoma (non-small cell lung cancer) (11 evaluations)
Side effects
Fatigue Swelling in legs, feet and ankles 12 more
Total evaluations
12
Treatment name(s)
Perceived effectiveness
for adenocarcinoma (non-small cell lung cancer) (1 evaluation)
Side effects
Shortness of breath (dyspnea)
Total evaluations
1
Treatment name(s)

(Alimta)
Perceived effectiveness
for lung cancer (3 evaluations)
Side effects
Chronic fatigue esophageal spasms 4 more
Total evaluations
9
Treatment name(s)

(Iressa)
Perceived effectiveness
for adenocarcinoma (non-small cell lung cancer) (7 evaluations)
Side effects
Diarrhea Angina pain 6 more
Total evaluations
7
  • 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 84
30s 152
40s 457
50s 1,612
60s 2,104
70+ 1,316
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 2
20-29 years 13
30-39 years 29
40-49 years 78
50-59 years 167
60-69 years 132
70+ years 50

Sex

Distribution of sex

71% Female
29% Male

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 4,278
Not Diagnosed 508

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