What are the chances of living with pancreas cancer?

Question by maddi: What are the chances of living with pancreas cancer?
I just found out that my uncle has pancreas cancer and it had spread to his liver. They have not determined what “stage” he is in, as this news is very recent. What are the chances that he will overcome this disease and live? Right now I’m hoping for a miracle and praying real hard

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Answer by milty12345
Honestly I hate to say it but pancreas and liver cancer are almost always fatal. Not easy I know.

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    Q May 13, 2013 at 10:37 am

    I’m sorry, but this is the kind of thing that is almost always fatal within six months to a year. 🙁 Pray as hard as you like. And use this time to let him know how much you love him and how glad you have been to have him in your life.

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    Spreedog May 13, 2013 at 11:31 am

    Data from the ACS (American Cancer Society) indicates perhaps 1% chance of five year survival with stage IV pancreatic cancer.
    If the pancreatic cancer has truly spread to the liver, it is stage IV.
    Here’s the site http://www.cancer.org/docroot/cri/content/cri_2_4_3x_how_is_pancreatic_cancer_staged_34.asp
    5-year relative survival for pancreatic cancer
    Stage IA 37%
    Stage IB 21%
    Stage IIA 12%
    Stage IIB 6%
    Stage III 2%
    Stage IV 1%

    Overall, about 20% of people with pancreatic cancer live at least 1 year after diagnosis, while less than 4% will be alive after 5 years.

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    tess May 13, 2013 at 12:29 pm

    My mom passed away from pancreatic cancer. She was diagnosed as stage 4, like your uncle. The Oncologist told her she had 2-3 months left. She died 4 months later. I’m sorry, but if the cancer is in his liver, there is not going to be a miracle. Depending on his age and overall health, the Dr might opt to try chemo. It might prolong the inevitable

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