Fallopian Tube Cancer Survival Rates
Statistics For Prognosis And Outcome

chances of surviving fallopian tube cancer

What Are My Chances?

Fallopian Tube Cancer Survival Rates


What Are My Chances Of Surviving?
Can Anything Else Affect My Survival Rate?
Quick Guide To Fallopian Tube Cancer

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Fallopian Tube Cancer

What Are My Chances Of Surviving?

This of course is the first question a woman will want answered when she receives a fallopian tube cancer diagnosis. The doctor will discuss a prognosis (outcome) in terms of survival rates. In order for them to estimate the survival rate a pathologist will have to carry out fallopian tube cancer staging. This clinical process determines the extent and stage of cancer present. The overall prognosis for a patient with this disease tends to better than those who receive a diagnosis of ovarian cancer. That is because patients with fallopian tumors tend to display symptoms earlier and receive a diagnosis and treatment sooner.

Fallopian Tube Cancer Survival Rates

These figures are based on the relative survival rates of patients over a period of 10 years after diagnosis. They are derived from the National Cancer Institute's SEERs database (1988-2001). There were 769 cases in the database after excluding the following from the overall analysis:

Patients for whom fallopian tube cancer was not the primary cancer (it may have been ovarian cancer or cervical cancer).
Cases which were only identified by autopsy or death certificates.
Women who were not actively followed-up after diagnosis or fallopian tube cancer treatment.

Stage 1
Tumor is limited to one or both fallopian tubes and there may be ascites.
Survival Rate Years 1 to 10 After Diagnosis
Year 1: 99 percent
Year 2: 98 percent
Year 3: 97 percent
Year 5: 93 percent
Year 8: 87 percent
Year 10: 86 percent

Stage 2
Tumor in one or both tubes and has spread to the uterus, ovaries or other pelvic tissues.
Survival Rate Years 1 to 10 After Diagnosis
Year 1: 99 percent
Year 2: 97 percent
Year 3: 92 percent
Year 5: 74 percent
Year 8: 65 percent
Year 10: 65 percent

Stage 3
Tumor in one or both tubes and has spread (metastasis) outside of the pelvis area and/or is found in regional lymph nodes.
Survival Rate Years 1 to 10 After Diagnosis
Year 1: 90 percent
Year 2: 83 percent
Year 3: 73 percent
Year 5: 66 percent
Year 8: 58 percent
Year 10: 54 percent

Stage 4
Cancer has spread to distant parts of the body.
Survival Rate Years 1 to 10 After Diagnosis
Year 1: 86 percent
Year 2: 68 percent
Year 3: 55 percent
Year 5: 40 percent
Year 8: 33 percent
Year 10: 30 percent

Survival Rate Years 1 to 10 After Diagnosis
Year 1: 94 percent
Year 2: 89 percent
Year 3: 79 percent
Year 5: 62 percent
Year 8: 48 percent
Year 10: 44 percent

The 5 year survival rates reported in this SEERs study are higher than those reported in other single institution studies where the range of survival rates for stages 1, 2, 3 and 4 of the disease is 69 to 73 percent, 37 to 58 percent, 20 to 29 percent, and 12 to 22 percent, respectively. Also, read about recurrent fallopian tube cancer and the main causes of death in women.

Can Anything Else Affect My Survival Rate?

Survival rates, while useful, can only predict how a large group of people will respond to disease. It cannot predict how each individual woman will respond because a number of other factors have to be taken into account such as her age, general health and personal response to treatments such as chemotherapy and radiation treatment. In fact doctors have a way of grading how they think a women will respond to treatment and they call it 'performance status' (PS). If a woman is generally fit and healthy at time of diagnosis, her PS rating may be 0 or 1. If a woman is elderly or the patient has a chronic condition such as high blood pressure or diabetes her response to treatment might put her in PS category 2 or 3. Doctors often use the PS rate to predict if a patient is able for chemo (see chemotherapy guide) and if so, at what dosage. It is also used by researchers during cancer clinical studies as a way of assessing quality of life.

Performance Status (using the ECOG Score)

PS 0: Patient shows no symptoms and is fully active.
PS 1: Symptoms have manifested which restrict the patient. Yet they can still carry out office work and light housework.
PS 2: Patient still capable of self-care but needs to spend 50 percent of the waking day in bed.
PS 3: Patient only capable of limited self-care and needs to spend more than 50 percent of the waking day in bed.
PS 4: Bed bound and completely disabled.
PS 5: Death.

Compare Survival Rates With Other Gynecologic Cancers

Breast Cancer Survival Rates
Cervical Cancer Survival Rates
Endometrial Cancer Survival Rates
Ovarian Cancer Survival Rates
Vaginal Cancer Survival Rates
Vulva Cancer Survival Rates

Quick Guide To Fallopian Tube Cancer

The disease is very rare and the only identified risk factor is an inherited BRCA genetic mutation. See genetic testing for breast cancer for more details about BRCA.

The most common type of tumor presented is a papillary serous adenocarcinoma.

The classic symptoms of the disease are pelvic pain, a watery vaginal discharge and a pelvic mass. Yet it must be noted that this triad of signs is only found in about 15 percent of patients. Other women may only experience one or two (or no) symptoms of fallopian tube cancer.

Surgery is required in order to diagnose and stage the disease.

Treatment is very similar to that for epithelial ovarian cancer, one of the types of ovarian cancer. Surgery, hysterectomy and bilateral salpingo-oophorectomy and sometimes surgical debulking is followed by chemotherapy.

Follow-up involves regular physical and pelvic examinations and blood tests to check for elevated levels of the CA 125 tumor marker. Elevated levels can indicate a recurrence.

Did You Know?

Faith healing is the belief that certain people or places can cure a person of disease or heal injuries through a connection with higher powers. This may involve prayer, visiting a holy shine or faith healer. As yet, there is no scientific evidence to support that faith healing can cure cancer or any other disease. Even after careful study by the Catholic Church, the number of people ‘cured’ of cancer by visiting the French shrine at Lourdes does not outnumber the amount of spontaneous remissions which naturally occur among people with cancer. However faith can bring peace of mind to many people and in so doing reduce stress, symptoms of pain and strengthen the desire to stay among the living.

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For more about cancers, see the following:

Causes of fallopian tube cancer: Endometriosis and STDs.
Main causes of death in women: Top 10 diseases that kill women.
Fallopian tube cancer prevention: Reduce your risks.

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