Actos Bladder Cancer Life Expectancy
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Because you've used Actos, or pioglitazone, to treat your type 2 diabetes and may have gotten your bladder cancer as a result, you're no doubt wondering whether getting this illness has taken years off your life.
There's no easy answer.
Government statistics show that from 2004 to 2008, the median age at death for bladder cancer patients was 78, which doesn't account for cancer stage or other complicating illnesses.
Another 2006 study of government data calculated the median number of years patients lived after diagnosis according to their bladder cancer stage (see Bladder cancer stages and Bladder cancer survival).
Remember, this data doesn't take into consideration any increased survival today because of new treatments.
But There's Lots of Hope
The National Institutes of Health reports that as of 2007, 11.7 million people with a history of cancer were alive in the United States – more than ever before, and nearly 4 percent more than the previous year. Among them were 535,236 people with a history of bladder cancer.
Researchers say the large number of survivors has to do with new treatments that are developed every day. These treatments are curing more cancers, or halting its progression so patients can live a long time, simply managing their disease, much like how people manage their blood pressure.
To become more educated about bladder cancer, its treatment and the outcomes, order your free copy of 100 Questions & Answers About Bladder Cancer now and fill yourself with hope!