What Is the Esophageal Cancer Survival Rate?

What Is the Esophageal Cancer Survival Rate?

Survival rates show the portion of patients with same type and stage of cancer that are still alive in a certain amount of time (usually 5 years) after your cancer diagnosis. The rates cannot determine how long you will live. But you can get a better understanding about how likely you will survive in the treatment.

The numbers below come from the National Cancer Institute’s Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results (SEER) database. They look at people diagnosed with esophageal cancer between 2007 and 2013.

The SEER database divides cancers into 3 stages. Different stages of cancer have varied 5-year survival rates. The three stages include:

  • Localized means that the cancer is only growing in the esophagus.
  • Regional means that the cancer has spread to nearby lymph nodes or tissues.
  • Distant means that the cancer has spread to organs or lymph nodes away from the tumor.

Stage                 5-Year Relative Survival Rate
Localized          43%
Regional           23%
Distant              5%


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