Melissa Conrad Stöppler, MD, is a U.S. board-certified Anatomic Pathologist with subspecialty training in the fields of Experimental and Molecular Pathology. Dr. Stöppler's educational background includes a BA with Highest Distinction from the University of Virginia and an MD from the University of North Carolina. She completed residency training in Anatomic Pathology at Georgetown University followed by subspecialty fellowship training in molecular diagnostics and experimental pathology.
Jay W. Marks, MD, is a board-certified internist and gastroenterologist. He graduated from Yale University School of Medicine and trained in internal medicine and gastroenterology at UCLA/Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles.
Overall (considering all types and stages of lung cancer), 16% of people with
lung cancer survive for at least five years. Survival rates tend to be low when
compared to the 65% five-year survival rate for colon cancer, 89% for breast
cancer, and over 99% for prostate cancer.
People who have early stage (stage I) NSCLC and undergo lung
surgery have a 60% to 70% chance of surviving five years.
People with extensive nonoperable lung cancer have an
average survival duration of nine months or less.
Those with limited SCLC who receive chemotherapy have
a two-year survival rate of 20% to 30% and a five-year survival rate of
10% to 15%.
Less than 5% of people with extensive-stage SCLC
(small cell cancers) are alive after two years, with a median survival range of
eight to 13 months.
Support Groups and Counseling
Living with cancer presents many new challenges for people with cancer and for their family and friends.
People with cancer will probably have many worries
about how the cancer will affect them and their ability to live a normal life,
that is, to care for their family and home, to hold a job, and to continue the
friendships and activities they enjoy.
Many people feel anxious and depressed. Some people feel angry and resentful; others feel helpless and defeated.
For most people with cancer, talking about their feelings and concerns helps.
Friends and family members can be very supportive.
They may be hesitant to offer support until they see how the person with
cancer is coping. People with cancer should not wait for friends or family to
bring it up; if they want to talk about their concerns, they should let
friends and family know.
Some people do not want to burden their loved ones or
just prefer talking about their concerns with a more neutral professional.
Discussing feelings and concerns about having cancer with a social worker,
counselor, or member of the clergy can be helpful. A surgeon or oncologist
should be able to recommend someone.
Many people with cancer are profoundly helped by
talking to other people who have cancer. Sharing concerns with others who have
been through the same thing can be remarkably reassuring. Support groups of
people with cancer may be available through the medical center where treatment
is being received. The American Cancer Society also has information about support groups all over the United States.