Pancreatic cancer is very difficult to treat. As with any cancer, survival chances increase the earlier the cancer is detected. According to the American Cancer Society*, the one-year survival rate is estimated at 20% for all stages of pancreatic cancer. The five-year survival rate is 37% if the disease is localized to the pancreas and 4% if the cancer has metastasized to other organs.
* Cancer Facts & Figures 2009