Uterine Cancer Prognosis
- 72 percent of uterine cases are diagnosed while the cancer is still confined to the primary site (localized stage)
- 16 percent of uterine cancer cases are diagnosed after the cancer has spread to regional lymph nodes or directly beyond the primary site
- 8 percent of uterine cancer cases are diagnosed after the cancer has already metastasized (distant stage)
- 4 percent of uterine cancer cases had staging information that was unknown.
The corresponding 5-year relative uterine cancer survival rates were:
- 96.1 percent for localized
- 66.3 percent for regional
- 25.2 percent for distant
- 57.3 percent for unstaged.
Cancer patients and their loved ones face many unknowns. While some people find that it easier to cope when they know the statistics, while other people find statistical information confusing and frightening. The doctor who is most familiar with a patient's situation is in the best position to discuss the uterine cancer prognosis and to explain what the statistics concerning uterine cancer may mean for that person. At the same time, it is important to understand that even the doctor cannot tell exactly what to expect. In fact, a person's prognosis may change if the cancer progresses, or if treatment is successful. Seeking information about the uterine cancer prognosis is a personal decision, and it is up to each patient to decide how much information he or she wants to know and how to deal with it.
(Click Uterine Cancer Statistics for more statistics on uterine cancer.)