I have 2 more treatments of Alitma and cisplatin and am 2 months out of lung surgery, NSCLC stage 1. What are stats for survival after 5 yrs?

I am cancer free after surgery

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ShariMeyersonMD (Physician - Surgery - Thoracic (Verified) ) - 05 / 10 / 2012

The survival depends most strongly on the stage of disease. If you are receiving chemotherapy, this is unlikely to be a straightforward stage I lung cancer. For patients with stage I lung cancer who have had surgery, chemo is usually only indicated if the tumor is larger than 4 cm which would make it at least a stage IB. For the earliest (stage IA) tumors the five-year survival is generally reported between 70% and 75%. For the stage IB tumors the reported five-year survival is between 50% and 65%. These numbers are only for patients who have had the cancer removed and the pathologist has fully examined the specimen and agrees with the staging. For patients whose staging is based on scans alone, the survival is lower because the scans can underestimate the extent of disease.
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