Actos Bladder Cancer Survival Rates

If you've taken Actos to control your blood sugar and are now facing bladder cancer as one of many possible Actos side effects, you've no doubt been reading pages of confusing statistics regarding bladder cancer survival.

While studying these numbers, remember that they reflect bladder cancer patients' experiences over a long period and from many years past, so the numbers don't reflect better survival rates seen today because of cutting-edge treatments. And of course, they can't take your own situation into account.

Still, survival rates are one way to describe your prognosis. There are two types:

A five-year survival rate, referring to the percentage of people with bladder cancer who are still living five years after their bladder cancer diagnosis. Note, this number doesn't reflect the number of patients living longer or show the numbers who were cured.

A relative survival rate, which compares the survival of people who have had bladder cancer with the survival of people who haven't. These rates are calculated using data from the previous five years, and can't account for increased survival from successful treatments that came later on.

Ask your doctor about your own survival rate. To determine your situation, your physician will consider the stage of your bladder cancer (see Bladder cancer stages), your overall health and how well your cancer responded to treatment.

stage Relative five-year survival rate
0-1 97 percent
2 71 percent
3 35 percent
4 6 percent

Below are the relative survival rates from the National Cancer Institute for bladder cancer patients who received their cancer diagnoses from 2001 to 2007.

This data doesn't reflect which patients are still being treated, or whether they are disease-free. In addition, it doesn't tell you the number of people living with cancer who haven't gotten worse. Nor do these numbers tell you what other medical conditions these people have, if any.

Government data show that survival rates are higher for men than women – regardless of cancer stage. Race if a factor as well. Since black patients have more advanced cancers upon diagnosis, they don't fare as well as white patients.

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