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
173
Treatment name(s)

(Intensity-Modulated Radiation)
Type
Procedures
How many have tried
83
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
27
Treatment name(s)

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

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

(Xalkori)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
16
Treatment name(s)

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

(Iressa)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
7

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) (34 evaluations)
Side effects
nausea fatigue 92 more
Total evaluations
83
Treatment name(s)

(Intensity-Modulated Radiation)
Perceived effectiveness
for adenocarcinoma (non-small cell lung cancer) (13 evaluations)
Side effects
burn swallowing difficulty (dysphagia) 35 more
Total evaluations
39
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 19 more
Total evaluations
23
Treatment name(s)

(Tarceva)
Perceived effectiveness
for adenocarcinoma (non-small cell lung cancer) (16 evaluations)
Side effects
diarrhea rashes (redness, swelling) 25 more
Total evaluations
18
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
15
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) (13 evaluations)
Side effects
diarrhea fatigue 12 more
Total evaluations
14
Treatment name(s)

(Alimta)
Perceived effectiveness
for lung cancer (3 evaluations)
Side effects
chronic fatigue hair loss 3 more
Total evaluations
9
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)

(Iressa)
Perceived effectiveness
for adenocarcinoma (non-small cell lung cancer) (8 evaluations)
Side effects
diarrhea angina pain 6 more
Total evaluations
8
  • 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 154
40s 489
50s 1,721
60s 2,250
70+ 1,436
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 2
20-29 years 13
30-39 years 31
40-49 years 79
50-59 years 171
60-69 years 133
70+ years 50

Sex

Distribution of sex

71% Female
29% Male

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 4,608
Not Diagnosed 536

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