Survival rates for Ewing’s Sarcoma are measured by seeing how many patients are still alive after 5 years have passed since their diagnosis. This is known as the 5-year survival rate.
The overall survival rate for Ewing’s Sarcoma sufferers is somewhere between 60 and 70%.
Ewing’s Sarcoma survival rates are affected by a number of things. These can be personal to the patient, for example, how healthy they are at diagnosis, and their age. Chemotherapy is very intense, and how well-equipped the body is to cope with this can have an impact on a patient’s chance of survival at 5 years.
Survival rates are also influenced by a number of factors specific to the cancer. For example, the location of the cancer can have a big impact. If the location is accessible, and surgery is an option, then the chances of survival may be higher.
How developed the cancer is also affects survival rates. Whether the cancer has spread from the original tumour site can have an effect upon the chances of successful recovery.
Finally, the effect of chemotherapy can affect survival chances. Even if the cancer is metastatic (has spread), a good response to chemotherapy and the possibility of removing the tumour through surgery can offer a good chance of survival.
The important thing to remember is no-one can put a number on a patient’s personal chances of survival, precisely for the reasons given above.