Study finds increased survival rate of lung cancer patients
Oct 7, 2019
Dr. Noori Akhtar-Danesh, an associate professor in the School of Nursing, is the lead author on a new study with good news for lung cancer patients. The researchers found that the survival of lung cancer patients in Ontario has substantially improved from 2007 to 2015.
“We observed more than twenty percent increase in five-year survival rates for all surgical groups. This study also indicates that radiation therapy offers significant long-term survival advantage over no treatment in elderly patients with lung cancer,” the authors concluded.
Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer death worldwide. The researchers analyzed data from 56,417 non-small cell lung cancer patients in Ontario.
The study is published in Cancer Investigation and can be found online at Trends in Survival based on Treatment Modality in Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer Patients: A Population-Based Study.
Akhtar-Danesh N, Akhtar-Danesh G, Seow H, Shakeel S, Finley C. (August 22, 2019). Trends in Survival based on Treatment Modality in Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer Patients: A Population-Based Study. Cancer Investigation, doi: 10.1080/07357907.2019.1653465.