Bladder cancer 5 year survival rates
The survival rates of bladder cancer refer to the percentage of patients who survive from diagnosis to a specific period of time. Normally, the period of time is 5 years. The 5 year survival rate includes all the patients still living whether they still have symptoms of the cancer, are cancer free, or still undergoing treatment for bladder cancer.
Survival rates are important for both doctor and patient. It can help the doctor to determine the patient’s prognosis. It can help the patient to know the survival rates of others in similar situations to their own. However, some patients may not want to know the numbers as they do not feel as though they are helpful. It is a decision each patient will need to make.
For the doctor to get the survival rates, they have to look at the patients that were treated for the cancer 5 years ago. Sometimes the treatment has improved over that period of time and the prognosis is better for the current bladder cancer patients.
Five year relative survival rates take into consideration that people will die from something other than bladder cancer. It is a more accurate assessment of the chance of dying from a particular bladder cancer stage.
The survival rates for bladder cancer are based on the results of a large number of people. However, each patient is different. The numbers should not be used to try to predict what will occur to a specific patient. It is only an estimate of the possible outcome.
No patients are exactly the same. Other factors affect a person’s prognosis. The factors include other health issues, the stage of the bladder cancer, and how it reacts to treatment. The numbers below are for 5 year period.
For stage I bladder cancer, the survival rate can be close to 90%.
For stage II bladder cancer, the survival rate is approximately 60%.
For stage III bladder cancer, the survival rate is about 45%.
For stage IV bladder cancer, the survival rate is 15%.