Kidney cancer prognosis depends on the size and stage of the tumor. The earlier the cancer is diagnosed, the more chance you have to survive. In addition, if your overall health is more or less in good condition, the prognosis is better; because you will be able to undergo a stronger treatment.
According to the National Cancer Institute (NCI), the overall 5-year relative survival rate for kidney cancer for 1999-2005 was 68.4%. The survival rates, however, vary by race and sex. Five-year relative survival rates for blacks and whites in the United States were:
- 68.1% for white men;
- 69.1% for white women;
- 64.7% for black men;
- 67.4% for black women.