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What are the chances of adenocarcinoma recurring?

Answered by: Daniel Nader, DO, FCCP
Chief, Division of Pulmonary Services, Department of Medicine at Cancer Treatment Centers of America®; Chief of Staff, Director of the Lung Center

Video: What Are the Chances of Adenocarcinoma Recurring?

Dr. Nader answers a question regarding how common it is for adenocarcinoma of the lung to recur. He explains why the stage of the disease factors into how likely it is to recur.

Dr. Nader says the rate of adenocarcinoma reoccurrence depends on the stage of cancer. Staging cancer accurately is important, he says, because it helps determine the patient’s prognosis and appropriate course of treatment. 

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Daniel A. Nader: Well Connie, let me just tell you that a lot of it depends upon the stage of cancer. So we would want to know what the stage is, and that’s something that we do here at Cancer Treatment Centers of America. We stage the patient as accurately as we possibly can, because the prognosis will be dependent upon that staging. So will treatment. And after treatment is completed, we do a very complete evaluation of the patient on a regular basis, because lung cancer does have a high rate of recurrence, and that rate of recurrence is based on their staging.

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