When patients with breast cancer can be considered to be cured

BMJ 1994; 309 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.309.6959.954b (Published 08 October 1994) Cite this as: BMJ 1994;309:954
  1. E Marubini
  1. Istituto di Statistica Medica e Biometria, Universita degli Studi di Milano, 20133 Milan, Italy.

    EDITOR, - In the clinical implications box in their paper on changes in the long term prognosis for breast cancer in a Dutch cancer registry Henk W Nab and colleagues state: “At 19 years after diagnosis patients' survival was similar to that of the general female population, indicating that such patients could effectively be regarded as cured.”1 This time interval is slightly longer than the ones I reported some …

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