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Prognosis of pancreatic cancer

After the diagnosis is made, the median survival is about 6 months, but shorter if there is liver metastasis. Median survival in operated patients is higher, usually 15-20 months.

In Norway and other western countries, the total five year survival is most often under 5 %.

It is emphasized that cancer in adjacent organs, distal bile ducts, Ampulla of Vater, and the duodenum, can more commonly be operated for cure and have a significantly better prognosis. 



Five-year relative survival for patients with pancreatic cancer, in percent, during the diagnosis period 1974–2013.

Source: Cancer Registry of Norway


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