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Lung Cancer

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Zoom Support Group: 27 August 2022Michael Meredith (neuroendocrine lung cancer Survivor, trained counsellor and end of life doula) shares his story…


Lung cancer is the most common cancer worldwide, accounting for 2.1 million new cases and 1.8 million deaths in 2018. (1) More than two-thirds of lung cancer patients are diagnosed at a late stage, after the cancer has spread to other parts of the body. (2) Even with surgery, radiation therapy and chemotherapy, the 5 year survival rate in lung cancer patients is amongst the lowest. (3) If lung cancer is found at an earlier stage, when it is small and before it has spread, it is more likely to successfully be treated. (4)

In South Africa lung cancer is among the top 3 cancers in men and in women lung cancer is ranked 7th. Worldwide more than 2 million new cases and almost 1.8 million deaths from lung cancer occurred in 2018. In South Africa, lung cancer ranks as the number 1 cause of cancer deaths.

There is low awareness of lung cancer in South Africa. Because early diagnosis is key, it is important that people learn to recognise the signs and symptoms of this common but serious disease. It is also important that people know that, by following the science, Roche and other industry partners have entered a new era of hope in lung cancer. That is why Roche is partnering with the Cancer Association of South Africa (CANSA) to provide a platform that will offer basic lung cancer information to increase education and awareness.

It is clear that lung cancer remains a challenge for patients and medical teams. However, the dawn of cancer immunotherapy, a new treatment option, alongside existing treatments provides hope for patients and their families. It is an incredibly exciting time for lung cancer research and treatment, both in terms of diagnostics and drug development. New information is empowering us to help lung cancer patients like never before. (5)

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References: (1) (3) (4) (5)

(2) Ellis, PM, Vandermeer, R. J Thorac Dis, 2011 Wetp; 3(3):183-188

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