Bone Cancer Survival Rate: An Introduction
The bone cancer
survival rate indicates the percentage of people with a certain type and stage of bone cancer who survive the disease for a specific period of time after their diagnosis. In most cases, statistics refer to the 5-year bone cancer survival rate. This is the percentage of people who are alive 5 years after a bone cancer diagnosis
, whether they have few or no signs or symptoms of bone cancer, are free of disease, or are having treatment for bone cancer.
The bone cancer survival rate is based on large groups of people, and it cannot be used to predict what will happen to a particular patient. No two patients are exactly alike, and bone cancer treatment
and responses to treatment vary greatly.
Factors Influencing the Bone Cancer Survival Rate
In general, the bone cancer survival rate will depend on:
- The size, the location, and the type of bone cancer
- The bone cancer stage (how far the cancer has spread)
- How long the patient has had symptoms
- How much of the cancer is taken out by surgery and/or killed by chemotherapy
- The patient's age, blood, and other test results
- The patient's general health.