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
182
Treatment name(s)

(Image Guided Radiation)
Type
Procedures
How many have tried
92
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
32
Treatment name(s)

(Opdivo)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
29
Treatment name(s)

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

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

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

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

(Alimta)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
10

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) (40 evaluations)
Side effects
nausea fatigue 87 more
Total evaluations
88
Treatment name(s)

(Image Guided Radiation)
Perceived effectiveness
for adenocarcinoma (non-small cell lung cancer) (13 evaluations)
Side effects
fatigue burn 35 more
Total evaluations
41
Treatment name(s)

(Right upper lung lobectomy)
Perceived effectiveness
for adenocarcinoma (non-small cell lung cancer) (16 evaluations)
Side effects
shortness of breath with exertion Hospitalization 18 more
Total evaluations
24
Treatment name(s)

(Tarceva)
Perceived effectiveness
for adenocarcinoma (non-small cell lung cancer) (16 evaluations)
Side effects
diarrhea rashes (redness, swelling) 24 more
Total evaluations
19
Treatment name(s)

(Opdivo)
Perceived effectiveness
for adenocarcinoma (non-small cell lung cancer) (12 evaluations)
Side effects
fatigue joint pain 20 more
Total evaluations
25
Treatment name(s)

(Keytruda)
Perceived effectiveness
for adenocarcinoma (non-small cell lung cancer) (11 evaluations)
Side effects
fatigue intestinal cramps 12 more
Total evaluations
14
Treatment name(s)

(Gilotrif)
Perceived effectiveness
for adenocarcinoma (non-small cell lung cancer) (12 evaluations)
Side effects
diarrhea dry skin 30 more
Total evaluations
13
Treatment name(s)

(Xalkori)
Perceived effectiveness
for adenocarcinoma (non-small cell lung cancer) (9 evaluations)
Side effects
diarrhea swelling in legs, feet and ankles 11 more
Total evaluations
11
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)

(Alimta)
Perceived effectiveness
for adenocarcinoma (non-small cell lung cancer) (8 evaluations)
Side effects
chronic fatigue cyclic vomiting syndrome 6 more
Total evaluations
9
  • 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 10
20s 84
30s 191
40s 510
50s 1817
60s 2857
70+ 2091
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 2
20-29 years 14
30-39 years 35
40-49 years 83
50-59 years 188
60-69 years 147
70+ years 52

Distribution of sex

Sex
Sex Proportion # of patients
Male 2285
Female 5480

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 5773
Not Diagnosed 647

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