The brain tumor survival rate depends primarily on the type of cancer that a patient has been diagnosed with. Some types of brain cancer, such as meningioma, anaplastic ependymoma and oligodendroglioma, are highly treatable, while others may be less responsive to curative therapies.
While the type of cancer is one of the most important factors in determining the overall survival rate, other details also have an impact. Younger patients tend to have more favorable survival rates than patients who develop brain cancer later in life, and patients who are diagnosed with lower-grade tumors often have better outcomes than patients with higher-grade malignancies.
Although survival rates can be informative for patients who want to know more about their possible prognoses, these broad statistics aren’t truly indicative of any one person’s projected outcome. That’s because general survival rates:
- Are based on data collected from a large population of people
- Don’t take into account personal factors, such as a patient’s unique response to treatment
- Are based on data from patients who entered treatment at least five years ago. As a result, they do not account for advancements in research and treatment that have occurred since that time
At Moffitt Cancer Center, we take an individualized approach to brain tumor treatment, offering patients a wide range of evidence-based therapies that a team of experts will recommend for each patient’s unique situation. More importantly, we see our patients as more than just statistics. Our brain cancer team works tirelessly to help our patients access the most beneficial therapies available while ensuring that they maintain the best possible quality of life. This approach has helped Moffitt to achieve survival rates that exceed national averages.
For more information about the brain tumor survival rate and how it can be improved by appropriate treatment, call 1-888-MOFFITT or schedule an appointment online. No referral is necessary to consult with our oncologists specializing in brain cancer.