Lymphatic cancer survival rate

Although not technically inaccurate, the term "lymphatic cancer" is not used to describe cancers of the lymphatic system. Rather, we refer to these as lymphomas. So the issue addressed here will be what is the general survival rate for lymphoma.

In the US, about 65,000 men and women receive a diagnosis of non-Hodgkin's lymphoma annually, and each year about 20,000 Americans die from the disease.

Like most cancers, lymphomas much more commonly strike the older population. The median age at diagnosis for lymphoma is 66 and the median age at death is 75.

Survival rates

The National Cancer Institute uses a five year relative survival percentage to determine survival rates, a figure that refers to the percentage of people expected to be alive five years after initial diagnosis (compared to the general population).

For lymphoma, here are those general percentages:

  • Localized disease: 81.1%
  • Regional disease: 70.5%
  • Metastasized disease: 58.5%

For a closer look at some of the survival rates for the many subtypes of lymphoma, click on the following subtype:

Follicular lymphoma
Mantle cell lymphoma
B cell non-Hodgkin's lymphoma
T-cell non-Hodgkin's lymphoma


National Cancer Institute SEER Stat Fact Sheets: Non-Hodgkln's Lymphoma


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