Cancer. The six letter long, most feared medical condition known to human civilisation.
8 million people worldwide receive this fearful diagnosis each year. As for lung cancer, it is the most common form of cancer worldwide, affecting 1.5 million people each year. Prognosis is not good, as of those who are diagnosed, 1.3 million each year die. (Figures quoted from 2013)
However, in the UK, the number of patients diagnosed with lung cancer who survive at least a year has increased from 31% in 2010 to 38% in 2015, said a Royal College of Physicians report. A target set last year – for 60% of patients with lung cancer to receive anti-cancer treatment such as chemotherapy, radiotherapy or surgery- has been met, added to this year’s report, part of the National Lung Cancer Audit.
Furthermore, survival rates for those receiving lung cancer surgery continues to increase; rising from 95.5 to 96.2% over 2 years from 2012 to 2014, the consistent improvement in the number of people living longer than 90 days after surgery, together with an increase in number of operations to treat lung cancer, is encouraging.