Aretha Franklin, America’s “Queen of Soul,” is fighting the very deadly pancreatic cancer. She has reportedly undergone surgery and is recovering at home, reports AOL.
While sources close to the singer have not commented much on her condition, it’s no secret that pancreatic cancer does not have a strong survival rate. Last year actor Patrick Swayze died of the disease only a year and a half after diagnosis.
Pancreatic cancer is among the most deadly forms of cancer, in large part because it is so difficult to diagnose. “There is no standard screening for pancreatic cancer,” Dr. Jason Klapman, endoscopic oncologist at the Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa, told AOL Health Thursday afternoon. “By the time it’s diagnosed, it’s advanced.”
It’s a relatively rare cancer, affecting only about 40,000 people a year. And only about 25 percent of cases, says Klapman, are operable. Of patients who undergo surgery, 20 to 25 percent have a five-year survival rate. For the rest, life expectancy can be as little as a few months.