A diagnosis of stage IV pancreatic cancer is pretty much a death sentence.
People are often diagnosed in the advanced stage of the disease – 49.5% are diagnosed in stage IV – and the prognosis is generally not good. Sadly most don’t live long, even with the latest treatments.
According to the National Cancer Institute (NCI) SEER survival monograph, the relative survival rates are extremely poor. Across all types of pancreatic cancer, only 5% of people live for 5 years, and only 23% survive 1 year. Three to five months is the median survival time for those with untreated metastatic pancreatic cancer.