Variable for stage . Pancreatic cancer is one of the most legal of all malignancies as most are diagnosed after they have spread. If among the fortunate approximately 15% that can have a pancreatic resection, up to 20% can have long-term cure but that is only 3% overall. If resected, but not cured, survival is usually less than 2 years. If the tumor has spread at the time of diagnosis, survival averages 6 months.
Survival by Stage. Stage 5-year relative survival stage ia: 37% stage ib 21% stage iia 12% stage iib 6% stage iii 2% stage iv 1%.