Appendix Cancer Survival Rate
The appendix cancer survival rate is based on the “average” experience of many patients. At best, this information is useful for physicians when discussing outcomes and planning treatments, but it is of more limited value to an individual. That’s because patient experiences vary widely, and no single person is “average.” The best source of survival information is always a physician who is familiar with a patient’s case and can make an individualized assessment of the patient’s most likely outcome.
It’s also important to note that new and better treatments for appendiceal cancer are being discovered every day; as a result, the survival rate is continually improving. Within this context, it becomes apparent that the current appendix cancer survival rate is nothing more than an educated guess that takes into account the past results of a large number of patients, many of whom did not have the benefit of the treatments that are available today.
When determining a patient’s prognosis, a physician will consider several unique factors that could influence the course of the cancer, most of which are unaccounted for in the general appendix cancer survival rate. These include:
- The stage of the appendix cancer at the time of the patient’s initial diagnosis
- The type and location of the cancer
- The extent of cancer spread, if any
- The patient’s overall health
- The therapies used during the first round of treatment, and the cancer’s response to those treatments
Of course, both the general appendix cancer survival rate and a patient’s projected prognosis are merely predictions of what is likely to occur. There is currently no way to determine with any level of certainty what will actually happen in any patient’s case. Even so, there are many steps that a patient can take to potentially improve his or her long-term health, wellness and appendix cancer outcome.
In the Gastrointestinal Oncology Program at Moffitt Cancer Center, our multispecialty team of appendiceal cancer experts offers the latest advances in treatment for this rare condition. Our outstanding supportive care specialists also provide physical, mental and emotional support to patients who are dealing with a cancer recurrence. Everything we do is designed to improve each patient’s survival outcome and quality of life.
If you’d like to learn more about the general appendix cancer survival rate, the experts at Moffitt can put this information into the proper context for you and help you take appropriate steps to achieve the best possible outcome. Call 1-888-663-3488 or complete a new patient registration form online. We see patients with and without referrals.