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UK ranks last of six countries in lung cancer survival

BMJ 2013; 346 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.f935 (Published 12 February 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;346:f935
  1. Jacqui Wise
  1. 1London

The United Kingdom lags behind other wealthy countries in terms of one year survival after diagnosis of lung cancer, a large study shows. The researchers said that this may be partly because of late diagnosis but also because UK patients with lung cancer may not be getting the best available treatment, whatever the stage of their disease at diagnosis.

The research, published in Thorax, shows that one year survival in patients with non-small cell lung cancer ranged from 30% in the UK to 46% in Sweden.1 Survival …

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