The median stage 4 non-small cell lung cancer life expectancy—the time at which 50 percent of patients are alive and 50 percent have passed away—is only around eight months. The five-year survival rate—that is, the percent of people who are expected to be alive five years after a diagnosis of stage 4 lung cancer—is sadly only 4 percent.What is the prognosis for Stage 4 lung cancer?
This the most advanced stage of lung cancer, when the cancer has spread beyond the lung to other parts of the body. The survival statistics for stage 4 lung cancer are very low. For individuals with stage 4 disease, only between 2 and 13% will survive for at least five years after diagnosis.What to expect in Stage 4 lung cancer?
In stage IV, the cancer has metastasized, or spread, beyond the lungs into other areas of the body. About 40 percent of NSCLC patients are diagnosed with lung cancer when they are in stage IV. The five-year survival rate for those diagnosed with stage IV lung cancer is less than 10 percent.Can I survive Stage 4 lung cancer?
There is one last thing to keep in mind that is very important. While stage 4 lung cancer is not usually curable, it is treatable. These treatments may not only improve survival but may also help with the symptoms of lung cancer as well.