Ovarian Cancer Prognosis

The Impact of the Cancer's Stage

The ovarian cancer stage plays a role in the prognosis, too. Based on historical data:
  • 19 percent of ovarian cancer cases are diagnosed while the cancer is still confined to the primary site (localized stage)
  • 7 percent of ovarian cancer cases are diagnosed after the cancer has spread to regional lymph nodes or directly beyond the primary site
  • 68 percent of ovarian cancer cases are diagnosed after the cancer has already metastasized (distant stage)
  • 7 percent of ovarian cancer cases had staging information that was unknown.
The corresponding 5-year relative survival rates were:
  • 93.1 percent for localized
  • 69.0 percent for regional
  • 29.6 percent for distant
  • 23.3 percent for unstaged.

Final Thoughts

Cancer patients and their loved ones face many unknowns. While some people find that it is easier to cope when they know the statistics, other people find statistical information confusing and frightening, and they think it is too impersonal to be of use to them. The doctor who is most familiar with a patient's situation is in the best position to discuss the prognosis for ovarian cancer and to explain what the statistics of ovarian cancer may mean for that person.
At the same time, it is important to understand that even the doctor cannot know 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 prognosis for ovarian cancer 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 Ovarian Cancer Statistics for more statistics on ovarian cancer.)
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