Establishing the evidence for treatment to improve outcomes in patients with lung cancer

Impact: Health impacts

Narrative

Lung cancer is the commonest cause of cancer-related mortality worldwide. The University of Manchester (UoM) Lung Cancer Group has generated insights that underpin new standards of care in the treatment of advanced, metastatic small cell (SCLC) and non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC), contributed to the results required for licensing of new drugs and secured approval for new treatment regimens now in routine clinical use internationally. Key contributions include an increase in survival of 23% in advanced NSCLC with the use of chemotherapy and doubling one-year survival from 13% to 27% in patients with incurable, extensive stage SCLC by the use of prophylactic cranial irradiation. The Group’s research has impacted on outcomes for thousands of patients worldwide.

Category of impact

  • Health impacts
Date
2009

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