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Many late-stage lung cancer patients do not get treatment

Lack of treatment associated with poor outcomes

SACRAMENTO, Calif.) — A national study by researchers at UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center has found that a significant number of lung cancer patients are not receiving treatment. Based on data between 1998 and 2012 from the National Cancer Database, 21 percent of patients (190,539) with non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) received no specific cancer treatment, such as chemotherapy, radiotherapy or surgery. Many of the untreated patients were women, elderly, minorities, low income and uninsured.

These findings are particularly problematic for patients with late-stage disease. The analysis showed the number of untreated patients with stage 3A and stage 4 NSCLC increased slightly during the study period. Compared to patients receiving standard therapies, overall survival rates of untreated patients were significantly lower. NSCLC kills about 158,000 people each year – more than any other cancer.

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