The colon cancer survival rate is encouragingly high; more than 92 percent of patients diagnosed with stage 1 colon cancer live for at least five years after diagnosis. The survival rates for more advanced stages have been steadily increasing as well, due primarily to the availability of more effective treatment options and an increasingly better understanding of the disease as time goes on.
While colon cancer survival rate information can help people learn more about the experiences of other patients, the statistics do not take into account the personal factors that can improve a person’s chance of survival. For instance:
- People who participate in regular screenings have a better chance of early detection – and therefore a better chance of survival. It’s estimated that up to 60 percent of all colon cancer-related deaths could be prevented if everyone followed the appropriate recommendations for screening.
- People who are not considered to be good candidates for traditional treatments can expand their range of options by considering clinical trials. Although participation in a clinical trial doesn’t guarantee a higher chance of survival, it does give patients the opportunity to be among the first to benefit from a promising new colon cancer treatment.
- People who seek care from an oncologist – or preferably, a team of oncologists – who have extensive experience in treating the various forms of colorectal cancer often benefit from more individualized treatments. For instance, some treatments that are effective for rectal cancer are less effective for colon cancer, and oncologists who treat many patients with these conditions have a broader experience with these treatments and can design more tailored treatment plans.
At Moffitt Cancer Center, we’re committed to continually improving the colon cancer survival rate. We are leaders in the development and assessment of new therapies, offering our patients access to a robust portfolio of clinical trials. Additionally, we have a multispecialty team of surgeons, medical oncologists, radiation therapists and supportive care providers who exclusively treat patients with colorectal cancer, and no referrals are required to consult with any of these experts. To learn more, call 1-888-663-3488 or submit a new patient registration form online.