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Rectal Cancer (cont.)

Outlook

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 5 years after treatment are as follows:

  • Stage I: The probability of being alive in 5 years is approximately 70-80%.
  • Stage II: The probability of being alive in 5 years is approximately 50-60%.
  • Stage III: The probability of being alive in 5 years is approximately 30-40%.
  • Stage IV: The probability of being alive in 5 years is less than 10%.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 4/8/2014
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