Five-year Relative Survival Rates* (%) by Stage at Diagnosis, 2002-2008
All Stages Local
89 98 64 90 17 38 71 91 61 76 15 28 16 52 91 98 62 82
84 24 70 12 20 3 64 12 42 35 10 3 25 4 62 15 57 35
All Stages Local
Ovary 44 92 Pancreas 6 23 Prostate 99 100 Stomach 27 62 Testis 95 99 Thyroid 98 100
72 27 9 2 100 28 28 4 96 73 97 54 33 6 57 16 67 16
Breast (female) Colon & rectum Esophagus Kidney†
Lung & bronchus Melanoma of the skin Oral cavity & pharynx
Urinary bladder§ Uterine cervix Uterine corpus
78 70 68 91 82 95
*Rates are adjusted for normal life expectancy and are based on cases diagnosed in the SEER 18 areas from 2002-2008, followed through 2009. †Includes renal pelvis. ‡Includes intrahepatic bile duct. §Rate for in situ cases is 96%.
Local: an invasive malignant cancer confined entirely to the organ of origin. Regional: a malignant cancer that 1) has extended beyond the limits of the organ of origin directly into surrounding organs or tissues; 2) involves regional lymph nodes by way of lymphatic system; or 3) has both regional extension and involvement of regional lymph nodes. Distant: a malignant cancer that has spread to parts of the body remote from the primary tumor either by direct extension or by discontinuous metastasis to distant organs, tissues, or via the lymphatic system to distant lymph nodes.
Source: Howlader N, Noone AM, Krapcho M, et al. (eds). SEER Cancer Statistics Review, 1975-2009, National Cancer Institute, Bethesda, MD, http://www.seer.cancer.gov/csr/1975_2009/, 2012.
American Cancer Society, Surveillance Research 2013
Me: What do you think of when you hear the word ‘Cancer’
Fiscal Year 2013 CureSearch Research
Scientist Explores Gene to Increase Survival Rate of Patients with High-Risk Leukemia
Research could lead to targeted therapies
Chris Porter, MD from the University of Colorado and Children’s Hospital of Denver splits his time seeing pediatric oncology patients and researching targeted therapies aimed at improving treatments for leukemia. His lab at the University of Colorado is focused on using functional genomic screening to identify novel therapeutic strategies for acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL).
With an overall survival rate of 80%, most leukemia patients receive a standardized treatment that has been proven successful. However, when a patient with leukemia relapses, their chances of survival decrease significantly. Dr. Porter plans on researching why these cancers do not respond well to traditional chemotherapy, and what therapies can be created to improve survival rates. He believes that to understand this, doctors need to explore the genes responsible for initiating and maintaining the leukemia and then develop therapies targeted to vulnerabilities that these genes create to successfully treat the disease. Read more
Are there any ordinary people? John Legend seems to think so. He wrote a song about it. He says, We’re just ordinary people. We don’t know which way to go.
His lyrics are filled with maybes… maybe we’ll live and learn, maybe we’ll crash and burn… maybe this, maybe that, blah, blah, blah. He’s clearly so confused, and lost. I can relate. I once was lost too.
So what is ordinary anyway? By definition, ordinary isn’t all that glamorous. In fact, one would hope NOT to be ordinary by how Dictionary.com would define the word. Mediocre. Average. Unexceptional. Am I that kind of ordinary? Let’s see.
I consider myself a regular girl who loves coffee, candy corn and cupcakes. I love to read, write, and eat, but hate to cook. I’m sensitive, self-conscious, and sarcastic. And I prefer people watching more than socializing.
Sounds pretty ordinary, commonplace, so far. Yes?
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