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, fatigue, pain, and stress) 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
190
Treatment name(s)

(Intensity-Modulated Radiation)
Type
Procedures
How many have tried
93
Treatment name(s)

(Right upper lung lobectomy)
Type
Surgery
How many have tried
51
Treatment name(s)

(Tarceva)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
31
Treatment name(s)

(Opdivo)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
25
Treatment name(s)

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

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

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

(Iressa)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
9
Treatment name(s)
Type
Surgery
How many have tried
8

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) (39 evaluations)
Side effects
nausea fatigue 101 more
Total evaluations
90
Treatment name(s)

(Intensity-Modulated Radiation)
Perceived effectiveness
for adenocarcinoma (non-small cell lung cancer) (13 evaluations)
Side effects
fatigue burn 36 more
Total evaluations
43
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 18 more
Total evaluations
23
Treatment name(s)

(Tarceva)
Perceived effectiveness
for adenocarcinoma (non-small cell lung cancer) (19 evaluations)
Side effects
diarrhea rashes (redness, swelling) 26 more
Total evaluations
22
Treatment name(s)

(Opdivo)
Perceived effectiveness
for adenocarcinoma (non-small cell lung cancer) (8 evaluations)
Side effects
joint pain blurry vision 19 more
Total evaluations
18
Treatment name(s)

(Gilotrif)
Perceived effectiveness
for adenocarcinoma (non-small cell lung cancer) (12 evaluations)
Side effects
diarrhea dry skin 31 more
Total evaluations
13
Treatment name(s)

(Xalkori)
Perceived effectiveness
for adenocarcinoma (non-small cell lung cancer) (11 evaluations)
Side effects
diarrhea swelling in legs, feet and ankles 13 more
Total evaluations
13
Treatment name(s)

(Keytruda)
Perceived effectiveness
for adenocarcinoma (non-small cell lung cancer) (5 evaluations)
Side effects
fatigue intestinal cramps 10 more
Total evaluations
8
Treatment name(s)

(Iressa)
Perceived effectiveness
for adenocarcinoma (non-small cell lung cancer) (9 evaluations)
Side effects
diarrhea angina pain 6 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
  • 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 86
30s 165
40s 526
50s 1,938
60s 2,622
70+ 1,735
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 2
20-29 years 14
30-39 years 32
40-49 years 79
50-59 years 179
60-69 years 138
70+ years 50

Sex

Distribution of sex

71% Female
29% Male

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 5,417
Not Diagnosed 593

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