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The patient is a 60 year old man who has just been diagnosed with non-small cell lung cancer. He smoked cigarettes for about 25 years starting when he was 16 years old and quit when he was 41 years old. His lung cancer is at stage I in the left lower lobe. He is distraught, saying that he can’t die now because he has one child in college and two in high school. He also fears chemotherapy and seems bitter that he quit smoking and got lung cancer anyway. His next statement is; “Why couldn’t I get prostate cancer like most men? At least they survive. No one beats lung cancer.” What can you tell him about lung cancer survival? What can you tell him about the benefits of having quit smoking? For this cancer stage and type, what is/are the most likely therapy/therapies? What resources could you recommend to help him at this time?

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