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Rectal Cancer (cont.)

What Is the Prognosis of Rectal Cancer? What Are Rectal Cancer Survival Rates by Stage?

The outlook for recovery from rectal cancer is unique for each individual. Many factors are involved when considering the chance of survival after rectal cancer treatment.

Long-term survival generally depends upon the stage of the cancer at the time of diagnosis and treatment.

According to stage, the following approximations of the likelihood of survival five years after treatment are as follows:

  • Stage I: The probability of being alive in five years is approximately 70%-80%.
  • Stage II: The probability of being alive in five years is approximately 50%-60%.
  • Stage III: The probability of being alive in five years is approximately 30%-40%.
  • Stage IV: The probability of being alive in five years is less than 10%.

Rectal Cancer Support Groups and Counseling

Being diagnosed with cancer is a physically and emotionally trying experience. Many avenues of support exist within the local community and beyond, both for people diagnosed with cancer and for their family and friends. The American Cancer Society provides information on local support groups. In addition, social workers, counselors, psychiatrists, and clergy can also be helpful in providing information and companionship through the difficult times caused by a cancer diagnosis.

Where Can Someone Get More Information on Rectal Cancer?

American Cancer Society
(800) ACS-2345 (227-2345)

National Cancer Institute
NCI Public Inquiries Office
6116 Executive Boulevard, Room 3036A
Bethesda, MD 20892-8322
(800) 4-Cancer (422-6237)

People Living with Cancer
American Society of Clinical Oncology
1900 Duke Street, Suite 200
Alexandria, VA 22314
703-797-1914

American Cancer Society, All About Colon and Rectum Cancer

U.S. National Institutes of Health, National Cancer Institute, Colon and Rectal Cancer

U.S. National Institutes of Health, National Cancer Institute, Clinical Trials

REFERENCE:

Cagir, B. "Rectal Cancer." Medscape.com. Mar. 11, 2016. <http://emedicine.medscape.com/article/281237-overview>.


Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 6/30/2016

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