Survival

Survival depends on many factors. No one can tell you exactly how long you will live.

These are general statistics based on large groups of people. Remember, they can’t tell you what will happen in your individual case. 

Your doctor can give you more information about your own outlook (prognosis). You can also talk about this with the Cancer Research UK nurses on freephone 0808 800 4040, from 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday.

Survival by stage

There are no UK-wide statistics available for stomach cancer survival by stage.

Survival statistics are available for each stage of stomach cancer in England. These figures are for people diagnosed between 2013 and 2017. 

Please bear in mind that these statistics do not take into account what treatment people had.

Stage 1

65 out of 100 people (65%) with stage 1 stomach cancer will survive their cancer for 5 years or more after they're diagnosed. 

Stage 2

Around 35 out of 100 people (around 35%) with stage 2 stomach cancer will survive their cancer for 5 years or more after they're diagnosed. 

Stage 3

Around 25 out of 100 people (around 25%) with stage 3 stomach cancer will survive their cancer for 5 years or more after they're diagnosed. 

Stage 4

There are no 5 year survival statistics for stage 4 cancer. This is because sadly most people don't live for that long after diagnosis.

The Office for National Statistics does provide statistics for 1 year survival for people with stage 4 stomach cancer.

(Please remember, this doesn't mean you will only live 1 year. It relates to the number of people who are still alive 1 year after their diagnosis of cancer. Some of these people might live longer than 1 year.)

Around 20 out of 100 people (around 20%) with stage 4 stomach cancer will survive their cancer for 1 year or more after they are diagnosed.

Survival for all stages of stomach cancer

For people with stomach cancer in England:

  • more than 45 out of 100 people (more than 45%) will survive their cancer for 1 year or more
  • more than 20 out of 100 people (more than 20%) will survive their cancer for 5 years or more
  • more than 15 out of 100 people (more than 15%) will survive their cancer for 10 years or more

What affects survival

Your outlook depends on the stage of the cancer when it was diagnosed. This means how big it is and whether it has spread.

The type of cancer and grade of the cancer cells can also affect your survival. Grade means how abnormal the cells look under the microscope.

Your general health and fitness also affect survival, the fitter you are, the better you may be able to cope with your cancer and treatment.

About these statistics

The terms 1 year survival and 5 year survival don't mean that you will only live for 1 or 5 years.

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) and researchers collect information. They watch what happens to people with cancer in the years after their diagnosis. 5 years is a common time point to measure survival. But some people live much longer than this.

5 year survival is the number of people who have not died from their cancer within 5 years after diagnosis.

More statistics

For more in-depth information about survival and stomach cancer, go to our Cancer Statistics section.