Brain Cancer Survival Rate

Many factors can affect brain cancer survival rate. Average survival rate is one to two years. There is no cure for brain cancer but there are many treatment options.

The survival rates in people with brain tumors depend on many different variables:

  • Type of tumor (such as astrocytoma, oligodendroglioma, or ependymoma)
  • Location and size of tumor (these factors affect whether or not the tumor can be surgically removed)
  • Tumor grade
  • Patient’s age
  • Patient’s ability to function
  • How far the tumor has spread

Over 20,000 people are diagnosed with brain cancer each year. Survival rate is usually calculated over a 5 year span, ie what percentage have survived 5 years after original diagnosis. Because the sample size is very large the survival rates should not be used to figure out the survival changes of an individual.

brain cancer survival rate

Age is an important factor in the brain cancer survival rate.  The survival odds decrease with age. Children up to 14 years of age have a 73% survival rate. In the elderly this drops to 5%.

The various treatments such as radiation and chemotherapy can lengthen the life of survivors and it can also improve the quality of their lives. It does seem that patients who get no treatment do not live as long.

Brain Cancer Survival Rate

Survival rates tend to favor the young. This is for a variety of reason such as better over all health and a less developed cancer. The type of cancer also plays a large role. The worst prognosis is glioblastoma multiforme with 5 year survival 13% for ages 20-44. Only 1% for those aged 55-64.

One interesting observation is that the number of deaths is increasing but the brain cancer survival rate is also increasing. This fact offers hope to those who need it the most.

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