What are prognostic factors for non–small cell lung cancer (NSCLC)?

Updated: Jul 15, 2021
  • Author: Winston W Tan, MD, FACP; Chief Editor: Nagla Abdel Karim, MD, PhD  more...
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Prognostic factors for NSCLC are summarized in the image below.

Non–small cell lung cancer. Prognostic factors for Non–small cell lung cancer. Prognostic factors for lung cancer.

A retrospective Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results (SEER) data analysis suggests that the number of nodes with cancer may be predictive of survival. Mean lung cancer-specific survival decreased from 8.8 years for patients with one positive lymph node to 3.9 years for patients with more than eight positive lymph nodes. [26]


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