Adenocarcinoma of the lung natural history, complications, and prognosis

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Editor-In-Chief: C. Michael Gibson, M.S., M.D. [1]; Associate Editor(s)-in-Chief: Shanshan Cen, M.D. [2]

Overview

Common complications of adenocarcinoma of the lung include breathing difficulties, pneumonia, pleural effusion, metastasis, and Horner's syndrome. The prognosis of adenocarcinoma of the lung varies with the staging of tumor; stage IA have the most favorable prognosis. The presence of metastasis is associated with a particularly poor prognosis.

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Prognosis

  • The prognosis of adenocarcinoma of the lung varies with the staging of tumor; Stage IA have the most favorable prognosis.
  • The presence of metastasis is associated with a particularly poor prognosis.

Survival rate by stage[4]

Stage 5-year survival rate
IA 49%
IB 45%
IIA 30%
IIB 31%
IIIA 14%
IIIB 5%
IV 1%

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Leary, A (2012). Lung cancer a multidisciplinary approach. Chichester, West Sussex, UK Ames, Iowa: Wiley-Blackwell. ISBN 9781405180757. 
  2. Lung cancer complications. Mayo Clinic 2015. http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/lung-cancer/basics/complications/con-20025531 Accessed on December 20, 2015
  3. Jones, DR (Jul 1998). "Pancoast tumors of the lung". Current Opinion in Pulmonary Medicine. 4 (4): 191–197. PMID 10813231. 
  4. Lung cancer. Canadian Cancer Society 2015. http://www.cancer.ca/en/cancer-information/cancer-type/lung/prognosis-and-survival/survival-statistics/?region=ab

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