21st November 2017

Record number of lung cancer operations as patient survival rates continue to rise

The fourth annual lung cancer clinical outcomes publication (LCCOP) published by the Royal College of Physicians (RCP), has found that almost 6,000 lung cancer operations took place in 2015, with a record 98.1% of patients alive after 30 days of operation and 96.3% alive after 90 days. The audit also found that there was a survival rate of 87.9% after one year, 0.2% higher than the same period last year. The audit also showed a 5% increase in the number of operations, rising from 5,657 in 2014 to 5,936 in 2015.

Mr Graham Cooper, President of the Society for Cardiothoracic Surgery said:

“It is fantastic that survival rates for lung cancer patients continue to improve, while the number of patients being treated grows. It is also pleasing to see the improvements technological advancements have helped make to patient care, with now almost half of patients receiving keyhole surgery for lung cancer and 30 different procedures using robotic techniques last year.”

Doug West, Thoracic Audi Lead for the SCTS said:

‘We welcome this latest LCCOP report which shows that the NHS is continuing to deliver more surgery for lung cancer, and that survival rates after operations are increasing.’

Please click here to view the document LCCOP report 2017


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