Bile duct cancer survival rate


[Note: Statistics for bile duct cancer survival rates are grouped under the broader category of "cancer of the liver and intrahepatic bile duct."]

Estimates indicate that in the United States, approximately 17,430 men and 6,690 women (24,120 in all) will receive a diagnosis of cancer of the liver and intrahepatic bile duct each year. Furthermore, annually about 18,910 people with this cancer will succumb to it annually.

Incidence and Mortality

The median age at diagnosis for cancer of the liver and intrahepatic bile duct is 63, while the median age at death for cancer of the liver and intrahepatic bile duct is 69.

Liver and intrahepatic bile duct cancer survival rates by stage

Prognosis for cancers of the liver and intrahepatic bile duct is poor, although it is somewhat better for early-stage patients than it is for late-stage patients. For the latter group, the survival rate is one of the lowest such rates across all cancers. The following lists the extent to which the cancer is known to have spread, followed by what's known as a 5-year survival relative percentage—this figure represents the number of people expected to be alive 5 years after being diagnosed at each disease stage:

  • -- Localized disease: 27.0%
  • -- Regional disease: 8.7%
  • -- Metastatic disease: 4.1%
  • -- Stage unknown: 5.8%


National Cancer Institute SEER Stat Fact Sheets: Liver and Intrahepatic Bile Duct Cancer


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