Overall, about 5% of patients with cancer of the exocrine pancreas will be alive 5 years after the cancer is found. Even for those with local disease (it has not spread to other organs) the 5-year relative survival rate is only 16%. For those who have regional disease (the cancer has spread to nearby organs and tissues but not farther away), the 5-year relative survival rate is 7%. If there is spread to distant organs or tissues, the 5-year relative survival rate is 2%. Five-year relative survival rates don’t count people who died of other diseases. Of course, patients might live more than 5 years after diagnosis. These numbers provide an overall picture, but keep in mind that every person’s situation is unique and the statistics can’t predict exactly what will happen in your case. Talk with your cancer care team if you have questions about your personal chances of a cure, or how long you might survive your cancer. They know your situation best.