"More may be offered lung cancer surgery" from AP reports that a group of cancer specialists meeting in Seoul, South Korea on Saturday, are looking to revamp the tumor staging guide for surgical intervention.
Lung cancer is the world's top cancer killer, claiming 1.3 million lives each year. In the United States, 213,380 new cases and 160,390 deaths from the disease are expected this year.
Nearly 60 percent of people die within one year of diagnosis, and nearly 75 percent die within two years, American Cancer Society statistics show.
In treating it, doctors use a formula called tumor staging. It is based on a tumor's size, how far it has spread and other factors to predict a patient's survival odds and to guide treatment.