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 brain cancer survival rate depends on a variety of factors (these are just a few):

  • Type of tumor (such as astrocytoma, oligodendroglioma, or ependymoma)
  • The size and location of the tumor (ie can it be surgically removed or not)
  • The grade of the tumor
  • The age of the patient
  • How functional the patient is
  • Spreading of the tumor, how aggressive it is is very important in survival rate determination

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.

Human Trials with Dichloroacetate

This video press release is directly from the University of Alberta cancer research dept. It highlights that, at the very least, dichloroacetate treatment makes cancer much more susceptible to OTHER forms of treatment like chemotherapy. Using dichloroacetate is a ‘win win’ situation. Dichloroacetate (the 1 minute mark in the video) makes traditional cancer treatments much more effective while at the same time may significantly reduce or eliminate cancerous tumors.

Doctor John Mackey states:

Cancers lose the ability to resist other kinds of treatment. …in the presence of DCA (dichloroacetate) that drug would work better.

This is great news for people undergoing or considering undergoing tradition cancer treatments such as chemotherapy or radiation.

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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