The effectiveness of the treatments or your survival chances vary depending on the type of cancer you have, its size and location in the brain. There are progresses in the treatment of brain cancer in recent years; however, the prognosis is sometimes alarming. The overall 5-year relative survival rate of brain cancer for 1999-2005 was about 34.8%; death often occurs within 2 years of diagnosis.
However, the survival rates vary by sex and race; thus, for 1999-2005:
- Black women lived longer after the treatment; their 5-year survival rate was about 43.7%
- In second place, came white women; their survival rate was about 36.1%
- black men survival rate was about 33.9 percent
- Caucasian men have the lowest rate, about 32.4 percent.
From 2002-2006, the median age at death for cancer of the brain and other nervous system was 64 years of age; approximately:
- 4.3% died under age 20;
- 3.8% between 20 and 34;
- 7.4% between 35 and 44;
- 15.2% between 45 and 54;
- 21.3% between 55 and 64;
- 22.3% between 65 and 74;
- 19.5% between 75 and 84;
- 6.1% 85+ years of age.