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Survival statistics for bladder cancer

Cancer survival statistics are very general estimates and must be interpreted very carefully. Because survival statistics are based on the experience of groups of people in the general population, they cannot be used to predict a particular person’s chances of survival.

There are many different ways to measure and report cancer survival statistics. Your doctor can explain the statistics for bladder cancer and what they mean to you.

Relative survival

Relative survival looks at how likely people with cancer are to survive after their diagnosis compared to people in the general population who do not have cancer, but who share similar characteristics (such as age and sex).

In Canada, a 5-year relative survival statistic is reported for bladder cancer. The 5-year relative survival for bladder cancer is 74%. This means that, on average, people diagnosed with bladder cancer are 74% as likely to live 5 years (or more) after diagnosis as people in the general population who do not have cancer.

Survival by stage

Survival varies with each stage and grade of bladder cancer. Generally, the earlier bladder cancer is diagnosed and treated, the better the outcome.

Bladder cancer survival
Stage5-year relative survival

0

95%

I

85%

II

55%

III

38%

IV

16%

Questions about survival

People with cancer should talk to their doctor about their prognosis. Prognosis depends on many factors, including:

  • your medical history
  • type of cancer
  • stage
  • characteristics of the cancer
  • treatments chosen
  • response to treatment

Only a doctor familiar with these factors can put all of this information together with survival statistics to arrive at a prognosis.

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