What are the 5-year survival rates for rectal cancer according to the tumor, node, metastasis (TNM) system?

Updated: Apr 06, 2021
  • Author: Burt Cagir, MD, FACS; Chief Editor: N Joseph Espat, MD, MS, FACS  more...
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The TNM stage–dependent 5-year survival rate for rectal carcinomas is as follows:

  • Stage I - 90%
  • Stage II - 60-85%
  • Stage III - 27-60%
  • Stage IV - 5-7%

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