Every year over 50,000 people are diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in the United States. Higher numbers are witnessed in Europe. Pancreatic cancer is a tough disease to live with as statistics show that of the people diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, most of them will have died just within the first year.
Prostate cancer survival rates and duration paint a bleak image of things compared to all other major cancers. The median survival rate where the pancreatic cancer is advanced and untreated is close to three and a half months. This figure increases to eight months if good treatment is introduced. It is not set in stone and chances are many patients will live much longer.
As with any statistics, the length of time one lives will depend on several things including:
- Stage – The stage at which cancer is diagnosed always has an impact on survival rates. Pancreatic cancer detected in its early stages is more likely to get cured with surgery without damaging the rest of the organs. Catching it early means the risk of it spreading to other organs is reduced. Pancreatic cancer diagnosed in its advanced stages becomes difficult to treat.
- Treatment – There are different treatment options one can choose to help fight pancreatic cancer. The choice will depend on how far the cancer has progressed but the best option is surgery. Surgery may however not be possible for some cases. Some treatment methods like immunotherapy take a longer time to take effect and may not be advisable for advanced cancers.
- Health –A healthy body is better able to fight disease. Even after diagnosis and when undergoing treatment, patients should thrive to live a healthy lifestyle in form of proper nutrition, enough rest, and staying physically active. It is also important to have a healthy and positive mindset. It may take time and a little prodding but a healthy mindset always stands a patient in good stead.
Facts, figures, and statistics are all useful but there is no particular length of time for which a patient can live with pancreatic cancer. The prognosis may be scary but statistics continue to improve with time as researchers put in more work and resources into coming up with better treatment options.