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What Are the Survival Rates for People With Pancreatic Cancer?

Cancer in the pancreas is hard to treat. The sooner the cancer is found, the better the chances of survival. Here are the survival rates for pancreatic cancer according to the American Cancer Society's Cancer Facts & Figures 2009.

  • The 1-year survival rate for all stages combined is about 20%.

  • The 5-year survival rate for people diagnosed with local disease is 37%.

  • The 5-year survival rate for all stages combined is about 4%.

Because the statistics we have for 5-year rates are based on people diagnosed and first treated more than 5 years ago, it's possible that the outlook could be better today. People diagnosed more recently often have a better outlook because of improvements in treatment.