It has been found that lung cancer sufferers who undergo surgical procedures have on average greater longevity. Their less fortunate peers who do not undergo any surgery do not live that long.
Those patients who have lung cancer and undergo surgery have greater survival rates than those who don’t go under the knife. However, one thing which has come up is that fewer of these patients are actually undergoing any surgeries.
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The study, published today in The Annals of Thoracic Surgery, shows us that it is a great irony of fate that more people who contract the world’s deadliest cancer don’t receive timely interventionist surgery.
34,000 patients were included in the study. Those of these patients who had undergone surgery lived longer. Over 27% of the patients received little to no treatment which was a shame.
While chemotherapy sessions are on the increase, surgical procedures are few and far between. The fact that surgery saves lives but is not being performed enough is a contradiction in terms.
Lung cancer causes 1.4 million deaths each year. The study looked into demography, tumor stages and palliative measures that matter in the end. At least 25.7% of patients were administered a combination of radiation and chemotherapy. 11% received surgical intervention.
Surgery was found to have a marked effect on the survival rates of the patients. Those who had chemotherapy and surgery survived for 40.7 months.
Others who received different combinations had survival rates of 33.3 months, 28.8 months and 18.6 months. As for those who didn’t undergo surgery, the gradations of survival rates according to type of treatment were 11.9 months, 10.5 months and 3.7 months.
What was of great significance was that a whopping 27% of patients receive no treatment at all. More analysis and research is needed to mine the data on the matter.
Many people forgo surgical treatment thinking all the while that it will not solve their problems and suffering. This could not be farther away from the truth.
They are basically afraid of the consequences such as nasty side effects. Also racial and social issues crop up along with distance from cancer centers.
We need to democratize this cancer care so that people who suffer from the dreaded disease can find proper treatment and release from the pain of this scourge.
The study is only a beginning. A lot more research is needed to conquer cancer and recommend treatments that make patients survive for longer.