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What is the average lifespan after diagnosis with pancreatic cancer?

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Dr. Richard Orr
Surgery - Oncology
4 doctors agree

In brief: Less than 6 months

Unfortunately, pancreatic cancer is diagnosed late in most people - when it has already spread within the abdomen or to the liver. The average life span for that is less than 6 months, maybe a little better (but not much) with chemo.
If the tumor can be removed surgically, the average life span then is over a year, but a small percent can be cured with a combination of surgery , chemo, radiation.

In brief: Less than 6 months

Unfortunately, pancreatic cancer is diagnosed late in most people - when it has already spread within the abdomen or to the liver. The average life span for that is less than 6 months, maybe a little better (but not much) with chemo.
If the tumor can be removed surgically, the average life span then is over a year, but a small percent can be cured with a combination of surgery , chemo, radiation.
Dr. Richard Orr
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Dr. Andrew Turrisi
There is a difference between pancreatic head and body versus tail, and ampullary. The "average" is spot on, but half the people do worse, and half better. Only few do very well and are cured.
Dr. Kris Gast
Radiation Oncology
2 doctors agree

In brief: Pancreatic cancer

This is a loaded question.
It will depend on the stage or extent of the cancer. Patients with early disease can be cured with surgery, radiation and chemo. Patients with more advanced disease will live variable amounts of time based on the extent of the cancer, what type of cancer and their overall health..6 months to a year..Talk to your md.

In brief: Pancreatic cancer

This is a loaded question.
It will depend on the stage or extent of the cancer. Patients with early disease can be cured with surgery, radiation and chemo. Patients with more advanced disease will live variable amounts of time based on the extent of the cancer, what type of cancer and their overall health..6 months to a year..Talk to your md.
Dr. Kris Gast
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Dr. Francis Cannizzo
It is very difficult to predict even when stage and extent of disease are known.
Dr. Steven Ginsberg
Internal Medicine - Hematology & Oncology

In brief: Less than12 months

Pancreatic cancer is one of the more rapidly fatal cancers.
The average lifespan after diagnosis is generally less than a year.

In brief: Less than12 months

Pancreatic cancer is one of the more rapidly fatal cancers.
The average lifespan after diagnosis is generally less than a year.
Dr. Steven Ginsberg
Dr. Steven Ginsberg
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