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Survival rates for adrenal cortical cancer

Some people with cancer may want to know the survival rates for their type of cancer. Others may not find the numbers helpful, or may even not want to know them. Whether or not you want to read about survival rates is up to you.

Because the number of cases of adrenal cancer is so small, the survival rates are only estimates. Also, the cancer itself has certain features that make it more or less likely to grow fast and spread. While the numbers below give an overall picture, keep in mind that every person's situation is unique and the statistics can't predict exactly what will happen in your case. Talk with your cancer care team if you have questions about your personal chances of a cure, or how long you might survive your cancer. They know your situation best.

The 5-year survival rate refers to the percentage of patients who live at least 5 years after their cancer is found. Of course, many people live much longer than 5 years. Five-year relative survival rates compare the number of people who are still alive 5 years after their cancer was found to the survival of others the same age who don't have cancer. This is a better way to see the effect that cancer can have on survival. These rates are also based on people first treated more than 5 years ago. Improved treatments often mean better survival rates for patients today.

Survival rates for adrenal cortical cancer*


    5-year Relative Survival Rate

    Stage I


    Stage II


    Stage III


    Stage IV

    Less than 10%

* These numbers are from the National Cancer Institute's SEER program, which collects data about cancer cases from all over the country.

Last Medical Review: 04/22/2010
Last Revised: 06/22/2010