Unlike many other forms of cancer, bladder cancer has a prognostic less alarming. 85% of superficial bladder cancer patients have at least, a 5-year survival. In fact, there is a definitive cure in nearly 50% of cases of bladder cancers diagnosed early. A patient with a metastasized bladder cancer, however, often lives less than 3 years after diagnosis.
According to National Cancer Institute, the overall 5-year relative survival rate for bladder cancer for 1999-2005 from 17 SEER (Surveillance Epidemiology and End Results) geographic areas was 80.0%. Five-year relative survival rates by race and sex were:
- 81.7% for white men
- 77.0% for white women
- 71.5% for black men
- 57.3% for black women.