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Survival rates was posted 06/29/2011 03:25 pm by Anonymous
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Lillie is right but there are some stats out there that generally scare the heck out of everyone and then you have to dig deeper.

At the 5 year mark (which is the gold standard used by oncologist), only 6% of pancreatic cancer patients will still be around. That number includes all patients - those who had surgery and those who didn't, etc.

For surgical patients, the survival rate is more like 40% make it to 5 years but again, a lot of variables go into this number.

PC is a highly deadly cancer that needs a lot more funding since we don't have any type of early detection tests or newer therapies. Most patients are found in stage 3 or 4 and that means surgery is out and chemo is generally the only options. However, despite all the dismal news, patients are surviving longer and newer chemo combinations are helping but it's a tough road to hoe for patient and caregivers. It is going to take us a long time to match some of the other cancer survival rates.

The stats are a story of what has happened in the past, not necessary what will be our future. So, you continue to fight and find a good, experienced oncologist who knows PC and has lots of options to help you as treatment unfolds.

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