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
135
Treatment name(s)

(Image Guided Radiation)
Type
Procedures
How many have tried
68
Treatment name(s)

(Right upper lung lobectomy)
Type
Surgery
How many have tried
39
Treatment name(s)

(Opdivo)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
30
Treatment name(s)

(Tarceva)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
24
Treatment name(s)

(Keytruda)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
19
Treatment name(s)

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

(Alecensa)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
11
Treatment name(s)

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

(Tagrisso)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
11

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) (30 evaluations)
Side effects
nausea fatigue 59 more
Total evaluations
66
Treatment name(s)

(Image Guided Radiation)
Perceived effectiveness
for adenocarcinoma (non-small cell lung cancer) (11 evaluations)
Side effects
fatigue swallowing difficulty (dysphagia) 26 more
Total evaluations
31
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 13 more
Total evaluations
19
Treatment name(s)

(Opdivo)
Perceived effectiveness
for adenocarcinoma (non-small cell lung cancer) (13 evaluations)
Side effects
fatigue joint pain 20 more
Total evaluations
25
Treatment name(s)

(Tarceva)
Perceived effectiveness
for adenocarcinoma (non-small cell lung cancer) (14 evaluations)
Side effects
diarrhea rashes (redness, swelling) 23 more
Total evaluations
16
Treatment name(s)

(Keytruda)
Perceived effectiveness
for adenocarcinoma (non-small cell lung cancer) (12 evaluations)
Side effects
fatigue intestinal cramps 12 more
Total evaluations
15
Treatment name(s)

(Gilotrif)
Perceived effectiveness
for adenocarcinoma (non-small cell lung cancer) (11 evaluations)
Side effects
diarrhea dry skin 29 more
Total evaluations
12
Treatment name(s)

(Alecensa)
Perceived effectiveness
for adenocarcinoma (non-small cell lung cancer) (9 evaluations)
Side effects
fatigue fluid retention (edema) 8 more
Total evaluations
11
Treatment name(s)

(Xalkori)
Perceived effectiveness
for adenocarcinoma (non-small cell lung cancer) (8 evaluations)
Side effects
diarrhea swelling in legs, feet and ankles 10 more
Total evaluations
10
Treatment name(s)

(Tagrisso)
Perceived effectiveness
for adenocarcinoma (non-small cell lung cancer) (5 evaluations)
Side effects
brittle hair broken nails 7 more
Total evaluations
5
  • 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 8
20s 85
30s 207
40s 470
50s 1705
60s 2943
70+ 2342
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 2
20-29 years 16
30-39 years 35
40-49 years 84
50-59 years 188
60-69 years 148
70+ years 54

Distribution of sex

Sex
Sex Proportion # of patients
Male 2358
Female 5616

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 5849
Not Diagnosed 660

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