Survival rates for bladder cancer tell you what percentage of people with the same type and stage of bladder cancer are still alive a certain amount of time (generally 5 years) after the initial diagnosis of the cancer.
Survival rates do not exactly predict how long an individual will live. But these statistics can give an understanding about how likely it is for you to live a certain amount of time after the diagnosis such as five years or two years.
Your doctor will be able to provide better idea about your individual case based the condition such as stage of cancer, your current treatment, and your overall health.
The 5-year survival rate is the percentage of people who live at least 5 years after their diagnosis of the bladder cancer. For example, a 5-year survival rate of 80% means that about 80 in 100 people who have the bladder cancer are still alive 5 years after their diagnosis of the cancer. But this does not mean people will live only for five years. Many of these people live much longer than 5 years after the cancer is diagnosed.
Relative survival rate is a better way to understand the survival of bladder or other type of cancer. This number provides a comparison between people who have bladder cancer to people in the overall population.
The survival rates for bladder cancer are:
Survival rates in case of an individual depend on various factors, including:
It is important to know that these survival rates are only based on certain estimates. They are not accurate numbers and can’t predict what will happen in your case. In order to understand about your specific case as an individual, you should talk to your doctor as he understands your condition and the treatment you are going through to inform you about the life expectancy.
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