survival

Definition / meaning of survival

The proportion of patients alive at some point after the diagnosis of their cancer.

Cancer survival statistics are typically expressed as the proportion of patients alive at some point subsequent to the diagnosis of their cancer. Relative survival is an estimate of the percentage of patients who would be expected to survive the effects of their cancer. Observed survival is the actual percentage of patients still alive at some specified time after diagnosis of cancer. Survival considers deaths from all causes, cancer or otherwise.

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Source(s):

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

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