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About 10–15% of lung cancer are this type. It can start in any part of the lung. It tends to grow and spread quickly.

Non-small cell lung cancer is a common disease. It is usually treated by surgery (taking out the cancer in an operation) or radiation therapy (using high-dose x-rays to kill cancer cells). However, chemotherapy may be used in some patients.

The prognosis (chance of recovery) and choice of treatment depend on the stage of the cancer (whether it is just in the lung or has spread to other places), tumor size, the type of lung cancer, whether there are symptoms, and the patient’s general health. Patients unsuitable for surgery may be offered curative intent radiotherapy. Adjuvant therapy may be given to more advanced resected cases. For late stage cases, chemotherapy with or without palliative radiotherapy are the conventional options, although the long term survival rates are very low.





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