How frequently is chemotherapy utilized in the treatment of 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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Only 30-35% of patients with NSCLC present with sufficiently localized disease at diagnosis that curative surgical resection may be attempted (stages IA and IB, IIA and IIB, and IIIA). Furthermore, approximately 50% of patients who undergo surgical resection experience local or systemic relapse. Thus, approximately 80% of all patients with lung cancer are considered for chemotherapy at some point during the course of their illness.

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