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What Are the Treatment Statistics for People with Esophageal Cancer?

 

These are the survival statistics for esophageal cancer according to the American Cancer Society:

  • The overall five-year survival rate for people with esophageal cancer is about 20 percent for white-Americans and about 13 percent for African-Americans.

  • The earlier esophageal cancer is diagnosed, the better the chance of surviving.  If the cancer is still confined to the esophagus, the five-year survival rate is 37 percent.  If it has spread to nearby tissues or lymph nodes when first found, the five-year survival rate is 19 percent.  If it has spread to distant parts of the body, the five-year survival rate is 3 percent.  These statistics are adjusted for the fact that some people with esophageal cancer may die of other causes.