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How long can you live with adrenal cancer?

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Dr. Carlo Contreras
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Surgical Oncology 19 years experience
Tough disease: Adrenal cancer tends to be an aggressive type. Additionally, unlike breast & colon cancer, there aren't many effective drugs to treat it. Consequently, the survival for patients with adrenal cancer tends to be rather low. That being said, there are rare cases that can be completely removed with surgery and controlled for many years.
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Dr. Morton Levitt
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Pathology, Anatomic and Clinical 50 years experience
Adrenal Cancer : Since adrenal cancer is relatively rare, there are no large studies that exist that incorporate reliable survival rates. In general, the 5-year survival rate is 60 % for stage 1 tumors, 40-60% for stage 2-3 cancers, and 10% for stage 4 tumors. Individual statistics, as always, are hard to predict with so infrequent a tumor as adrenal cancer.
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