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Fraction of normal remaining life span: a new method for expressing survival in cancer

Fraction of normal remaining life span: a new method for expressing survival in cancer Education and debate Fraction of normal remaining life span: a new method for expressing survival in cancer Jayant S Vaidya, Indraneel Mittra Department of Conventionally, the time between diagnosis and date of Surgery, Tata last follow up or death is used to plot survival curves for Memorial Hospital, Summary points patients with cancer. This ignores the patient's Parel, Bombay 400 012, India expected life span had the patient been healthy at the Conventional survival curves for cancer use the Jayant S Vaidya, time of diagnosis. In human terms the impact of a pro­ surgical research time between diagnosis and last follow up or jected prognosis of 10 year survival on a woman diag­ fellow death to denote survival time nosed as having breast cancer, for example, may be Indraneel Mittra, consultant surgeon different depending on whether she is aged 30 or 70. This ignores a person's normally expected life Correspondence to: Furthermore, oncologists have no answer to the ques­ span at the age of diagnosis and estimates survival DrJSVaidya, tion: “What is my chance of cure?” For this reason, we in terms of a fixed number of years Department of believe that survival is better expressed as a fraction http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png BMJ British Medical Journal

Fraction of normal remaining life span: a new method for expressing survival in cancer

BMJ , Volume 314 (7095) – Jun 7, 1997

Fraction of normal remaining life span: a new method for expressing survival in cancer

BMJ , Volume 314 (7095) – Jun 7, 1997

Abstract

Education and debate Fraction of normal remaining life span: a new method for expressing survival in cancer Jayant S Vaidya, Indraneel Mittra Department of Conventionally, the time between diagnosis and date of Surgery, Tata last follow up or death is used to plot survival curves for Memorial Hospital, Summary points patients with cancer. This ignores the patient's Parel, Bombay 400 012, India expected life span had the patient been healthy at the Conventional survival curves for cancer use the Jayant S Vaidya, time of diagnosis. In human terms the impact of a pro­ surgical research time between diagnosis and last follow up or jected prognosis of 10 year survival on a woman diag­ fellow death to denote survival time nosed as having breast cancer, for example, may be Indraneel Mittra, consultant surgeon different depending on whether she is aged 30 or 70. This ignores a person's normally expected life Correspondence to: Furthermore, oncologists have no answer to the ques­ span at the age of diagnosis and estimates survival DrJSVaidya, tion: “What is my chance of cure?” For this reason, we in terms of a fixed number of years Department of believe that survival is better expressed as a fraction

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Publisher
British Medical Journal
Copyright
© 1997 BMJ Publishing Group Ltd.
ISSN
0959-8138
eISSN
1468-5833
DOI
10.1136/bmj.314.7095.1682
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Abstract

Education and debate Fraction of normal remaining life span: a new method for expressing survival in cancer Jayant S Vaidya, Indraneel Mittra Department of Conventionally, the time between diagnosis and date of Surgery, Tata last follow up or death is used to plot survival curves for Memorial Hospital, Summary points patients with cancer. This ignores the patient's Parel, Bombay 400 012, India expected life span had the patient been healthy at the Conventional survival curves for cancer use the Jayant S Vaidya, time of diagnosis. In human terms the impact of a pro­ surgical research time between diagnosis and last follow up or jected prognosis of 10 year survival on a woman diag­ fellow death to denote survival time nosed as having breast cancer, for example, may be Indraneel Mittra, consultant surgeon different depending on whether she is aged 30 or 70. This ignores a person's normally expected life Correspondence to: Furthermore, oncologists have no answer to the ques­ span at the age of diagnosis and estimates survival DrJSVaidya, tion: “What is my chance of cure?” For this reason, we in terms of a fixed number of years Department of believe that survival is better expressed as a fraction

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BMJBritish Medical Journal

Published: Jun 7, 1997

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