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Variation in causes of death in patients with non-small cell lung cancer according to stage and time since diagnosis

Monday, March 16, 2015

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M.L.G. Janssen-Heijnen, F.N. van Erning, D.K. De Ruysscher, J.W.W. Coebergh and H.J.M. Groen

This Netherlands population-based study followed causes of death in patients with NSCLC diagnosed 1989-2008, including more than 72,000 patients.  For those with localized disease, lung cancer was the cause of death in 80-85% for years 0-3, 60-75% for years 4-6, and remained the cause of death for more than 30% thereafter.  After 6 years CAD and COPD became the primary causes of death.

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