What Is the Survival Rates for Pancreatic Cancer at Early Stage?

Q:
What is the survival rates for pancreatic cancer at early stage?

A:
Survival rates can be calculated by different methods for different purposes.

It tells you what portion of people with the same type and stage of cancer are still alive a certain amount of time (usually 5 years) after they were diagnosed.

Statistics on the outlook for a certain type and stage of cancer are often given as 5-year survival rates, the percentage of people who live at least 5 years after being diagnosed with cancer.

But the 5-year relative survival rates are estimates, your outlook can vary based on many factors specific to you.

Survival Rates Based on Stage

The pancreatic cancer stage plays a role in the pancreatic cancer prognosis.

Based on historical data:

  • 7 percent of pancreas cancer cases are diagnosed while the cancer is still confined to the primary site (localized stage)
  • 26 percent of pancreas cancer cases are diagnosed after the cancer has spread to regional lymph nodes or directly beyond the primary site 
  • 52 percent of pancreatic cancer cases are diagnosed after the cancer has already metastasized (distant stage)
  • 14 percent of pancreatic cancer cases had staging information that was unknown.

The corresponding five-year relative survival rates were:

  • 16.4 percent for localized
  • 7.0 percent for regional
  • 1.8 percent for distant
  • 4.3 percent for unstaged

Remember, survival rate can’t predict what will happen in any particular patient’s case.

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