The term prognosis indicates the chance of cure or recurrence (return) of cancer in a person. For any patient with cancer, it is important to know the prognosis as it helps them understand the possible outcome, what the future holds and thus, handle the disease and live with it better. It also allows for planning of important issues such as finance, life style changes etc.
Some factors that influence the prognosis (chances of cure and risk for recurrence) of carcinoid tumours of the lung include:
When discussing the prognosis of any cancer, the five-year survival rate is considered an important parameter. Survival rates of a cancer indicate the proportion of people with a certain type and stage of cancer, who live for a specific period of time after their diagnosis. The five-year survival rate indicates the percentage of people with the disease, who are alive even five years after diagnosis (factors such as signs or symptoms of cancer, presence or absence of disease or treatment are not considered). Prognosis is considered to be good if the five-year survival rate is good and the tumour is likely to respond to treatment; but if the cancer is going to be difficult to treat and control, prognosis is considered to be poor or unfavourable.
Prognosis of Carcinoid Tumours of the Lung
Most cases with typical carcinoid lung tumours are diagnosed at an early stage as the tumour grows and spreads slowly. Prognosis of early-stage typical carcinoid lung tumours is usually very good. If atypical carcinoid lung tumour has spread to nearby tissues or lymph nodes at the time of diagnosis, prognosis is not very good. As compared with other types of lung cancers, prognosis of carcinoid lung tumours is better.
Remember that prognosis tells the possible course of a disease and not the definite outcome. Discuss with your doctor to know more on the prognosis of your disease.
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