What are the survival rates for renal cell carcinoma (RCC)?

Updated: May 21, 2019
  • Author: Kush Sachdeva, MD; Chief Editor: E Jason Abel, MD  more...
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After radical nephrectomy for stage I renal cell carcinoma, the 5-year survival rate is approximately 94%. Patients with stage II lesions have a survival rate of 79%. A tumor confined to the kidney is associated with a better prognosis. A study by Heng et al found that progression-free survival at 3 and 6 months predicted overall survival among patients with metastatic renal cell carcinoma. [13]


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