THURSDAY, May 5, 2016 (HealthDay News) — Older lung cancer patients are surviving longer when they have lung cancer surgery, a new study suggests.
“This greater than expected survival in older patients selected for operative therapy is noteworthy, especially considering that the prevalence of lung cancer is expected to increase as the population continues to grow older and more people survive into old age,” said study author Dr. Felix Fernandez, from Emory Clinic in Atlanta.
The median age of U.S. lung cancer patients at the time of diagnosis is 70, according to the American Cancer Society. About 17 percent of all patients diagnosed with lung cancer live for at least five years, according to the U.S. National Cancer Institute.
In the study, researchers examined data from tens of thousands of patients aged 65 and older who had lung cancer surgery in the United States between 2002 and 2012. Median survival…