Cancer Survival Rates


“Cancer Survival Rate”

Shortly after the fact has set in to a new cancer recipient, the inevitable question arises shortly thereafter;  what are my chances of survival?

The internet is loaded with sites that can give you this type of information.  While it is true, there are many factors to look at when factoring in a survival rate, such as size of the tumor, location of the tumor, age of the patient, etc., etc.

If you are going to use the internet as a source of information on cancer survival rates, and I suggest you do, make sure that you go to either your hospital’s website, or one of the sites of a major cancer center, like Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center.  They have seen the most patients, have the largest sets of data, and usually the best docs.

Since I was using a treatment protocol developed by St. Jude Children’s Hospital, I went to their site for statistical information.  One caveat that I should mention at this time is that they ARE only statistics.  Everybody and every case in unique.  I told my wife, who was doing much of the research, that I only wanted to hear “good” statistics, because I really couldn’t handle any more bad news.

Your doctor can be a source of statistical information as well, but in my case, my cancer was so rare that they really didn’t have the data that a place like the Duke Cancer Institute  had.  Some of it was good, some of it was bad.  That’s just how the cookie crumbles!