What is the average prognosis for pancreatic adenocarcinoma?

Question by Ellie: What is the average prognosis for pancreatic adenocarcinoma?
I realize this is different for everyone, but is their about an average survival percentage for pancreatic adenocarcinoma? and if not, how long patients have to live?

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Answer by april
Everything I’ve read and heard about it states 1 – 2 years average survival. It’s usually found too late to be anything other than terminal.

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    Spreedog May 10, 2013 at 8:05 am

    You have to tell us which stage – I,II,II,IV ?
    Here’s a good overview from the NCI (National Cancer Institute)
    http://www.cancer.gov/cancertopics/pdq/treatment/pancreatic/patient
    If you give us a stage, we can give you averages.
    Note that averages are not specific predictions for any single person.
    Some do better than average. Some do not do as well

    From this site http://cancer.emedtv.com/pancreatic-cancer/pancreatic-cancer-survival-rates-p2.html
    Stage plays a role in the pancreatic cancer prognosis. Based on historical data:
    7 percent of pancreas cancer cases are diagnosed while the cancer is still confined to the primary site (localized)
    26 percent of pancreas cancer cases are diagnosed after the cancer has spread to regional lymph nodes or directly beyond the primary site
    52 percent of pancreatic cancer cases are diagnosed after the cancer has already metastasized (distant stage)
    14 percent of pancreatic cancer cases had staging information that was unknown.

    The corresponding 5 year relative pancreatic cancer survival rates were:
    * 16.4 percent for localized
    * 7.0 percent for regional
    * 1.8 percent for distant
    * 4.3 percent for unstaged.

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    Tien N May 10, 2013 at 8:45 am

    My dad had pancreatic cancer and by the time they diagnosed it, it was I believe at stage 4. Do you know what stage the cancer is at because that way you’d know what the prognosis is. My dad was gone within 2.5 months of diagnosis and the prognosis for pancreatic cancer is usually very poor because by the time it is diagnosed, it is too late.

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    C C May 10, 2013 at 9:30 am

    Pancreatic cancer has a very poor prognosis, usually 3- 6 months, but sometimes with new chemo it can be a few months more. Patients do not do well even with the increase since there are side effects including severe weight loss, vomiting, etc. from both the disease & the chemo.

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