disease-specific survival rate

Definition / meaning of disease-specific survival rate

The percentage of people in a study or treatment group who have not died from a specific disease in a defined period of time. The time period usually begins at the time of diagnosis or at the start of treatment and ends at the time of death. Patients who died from causes other than the disease being studied are not counted in this measurement.

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The Web site of the National Cancer Institute (http://www.cancer.gov/)

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