It kills about 160-thousand people in the u-s every year.
One of the biggest problems -- one-quarter of lung cancer patients
Are too sick, too old or too weak to survive surgery.
Until recently, there were few options, but now doctors are finding ways to help people beat the odds.
It kills more people than any other cancer.
It takes more lives than breast, prostate and colon cancer
So how did these women go from hearing, "you have Lung cancer," to, "you're cancer-free?"
Frances nirich, a lung cancer survivor, says, " When you first hear, 'you have cancer,' you don't expect to get over it like I did."
Frances nirich is one of about 55-thousand people who are
told they're too sick, too old or too weak for surgery to remove the tumor.
She enrolled in a study to see if the cyber- knife can help those who can't go under a real knife.
Doctor Brian collins, Radiation oncologist at Georgetown University Hospital in Washington, DC says, "While you're radiating a tumor that moves, you can hit it with millimeter precision."
The device shoots radiation into the tumor without harming the rest of the lungs -- even as the patient breathes in and oiut.
A five-year study found cyber-knife destroyed 95-percent
The three-year survival rate -- 80-percent.
A big difference from traditional radiation, which destroys 30-
percent of tumors and carries a 30-percent survival rate.
It destroyed all of frances' cancer.
Lung cancer patient jennifer hoppock didn't want to go through major surgery either.
Doctor Michael Smith, a thoracic surgeon at St. Joseph's Hospital in
Phoenix, Arizona, says, "We're now using smaller, keyhole incisions and telescopes with long Instruments."
Instead of an eight-inch incision between the ribs, surgeons make a few inch-long incisions and use a camera and video screen to find the tumor.
Lung cancer survivor Jennifer Hoppock went back to work after three weeks.
Two lung cancer patients-turned survivors thanks to technology that's helping turn the grim statistics around.
The majority of people who develop lung cancer are ex-smokers.
Doctors say as soon as you stop smoking, your risk of lung cancer starts to go down.
Fifteen years after you've stopped smoking, your risk is almost the same as that of a non-smoker.