Prognosis of Pancreatic Cancer

The prognosis of pancreatic cancer is not always very good. Even if the tumors can be excised through surgery, there is a high likelihood of recurrence. Despite regular treatment, pancreatic cancer can keep recurring and is therefore very difficult to treat. The rates for cancer recurrence and subsequent death remain very high.

The life span is usually very low and statistically, only 20% of the people who are undergoing surgery or any other treatment for pancreatic cancer usually live for the next five years. Patients who have incurable pancreatic disease may have very poor quality of life, and the life span is very short – typically only in months.

For those who have pancreatic cancer that has metastasized, the survival rate is very low and lifespan is a mere few months – somewhere about six months. Though doctors have been studying this disease for quite some time, and have been trying to find treatment methods, the progress has not been much.

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