Ovarian Cancer Overview

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Survival rates for ovarian 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. If you decide that you don’t want to know them, stop reading here and skip to the next section.

The 5-year survival rate refers to the percentage of patients who live at least 5 years after their cancer is diagnosed. 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 impact that cancer can have on survival.

To get 5-year survival rates, doctors look at people who were treated at least 5 years ago. Improvements in treatment since then may result in a better outlook for people now being found with ovarian cancer.

These numbers provide an overall picture, but keep in mind that every person’s case is unique and the statistics can’t predict exactly what will happen to you. Talk with your cancer care team if you have questions about your own chances of a cure, or how long you might survive your cancer. They know your situation best.

Invasive epithelial ovarian cancer

    Stage

    Relative 5-year Survival Rate

    I

    89%

    IA

    94%

    IB

    91%

    IC

    80%

    II

    66%

    IIA

    76%

    IIB

    67%

    IIC

    57%

    III

    34%

    IIIA

    45%

    IIIB

    39%

    IIIC

    35%

    IV

    18%

Ovarian tumors of low malignant potential

    Stage

    Relative 5-year Survival Rate

    I

    99%

    II

    98%

    III

    96%

    IV

    77%


Last Medical Review: 04/22/2013
Last Revised: 02/06/2014