Cancer survival rates are usually discussed in terms of 5-year relative survival, which refers to the proportion of patients still alive 5 years after diagnosis. Keep in mind that statistics like these are based on large groups of people and cannot predict what might happen with an individual patient.
At Roswell Park, we compare our survival data with data collected nationally by the Surveillance, Epidemiology and End Results (SEER) program. The graphs below compare survival rates of colon and rectal cancer patients treated at Roswell Park with the survival rates for colon and rectal cancer patients across the nation.
For both colon cancer and rectal cancer, patients treated at Roswell Park have better survival rates — at every stage of the disease.
Colon Cancer Survival at Roswell Park
Rectal Cancer Survival at Roswell Park