When diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, you will be told at what
stage the cancer is.
Pancreatic cancer stages outline how extensive
or advanced your disease is. They can help you and your care team
evaluate what pancreatic cancer treatments may help.
Our doctors use
the TNM staging system to define pancreatic cancer stages. T is for
N is for "lymph nodes."
M is for "metastatic spread."
Between 2002 and 2006, the average age of Americans who:
Survival statistics give a general idea of the outlook for pancreatic cancer. They do not decide your personal pancreatic cancer prognosis.
These numbers are based on Americans who had pancreatic cancer between 1999 and 2005. Ask your doctor or other care team member how they apply to your pancreatic cancer prognosis.
Overall, the five-year relative survival rate was 5.5 percent. This includes all patients – those who had surgery and those who were not candidates for surgery.
Five-year relative survival rates according to pancreatic cancer diagnosis are:
A five-year survival rate takes into account the percentage of patients who live at least five years after being diagnosed with cancer. A five-year relative survival rate acknowledges that some patients may die from other causes besides cancer.
National Cancer Institute, Pancreatic Cancer Treatment (PDQ®); Surveillance Epidemiology and End Results (SEER) database; Virginia Piper Cancer Institute
Timothy Sielaff, MD, PhD, FACS, medical director, Virginia Piper Cancer Institute; Jennifer Stanek, RN, BSN, manager, Virginia Piper Cancer Institute Clinic