What is the Definition of Cure in Non-small Cell Lung Cancer?

Helen Morgan, Libby Ellis, Emma L. O’Dowd, Rachael L. Murray, Richard Hubbard, David R. Baldwin

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The concept of cure from cancer is important to patients, but can be difficult to communicate in terms that are meaningful. This is because there are a number of definitions of cure that are applied by clinicians, patients and the public, and by policymakers that have a different meaning and significance. In this article, we provide a narrative review of the evidence concerning cure in lung cancer and show how the different definitions may apply in different settings. A better understanding of the various concepts of cure will improve communication with patients on this important topic. This article is based on previously conducted studies and does not contain any new studies with human participants or animals performed by any of the authors.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)365-371
Number of pages7
JournalOncology and Therapy
Issue number2
Early online date10 Aug 2021
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2021
Externally publishedYes


  • Non-small cell lung cancer
  • Personal cure
  • Psychological cure
  • Statistical cure

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Oncology


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