New method of expressing survival in cancer is popular

BMJ 1998; 316 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.316.7137.1092 (Published 04 April 1998) Cite this as: BMJ 1998;316:1092
  1. Jayant S Vaidya, Surgical research fellow,
  2. Indraneel Mittra, Consultant surgeon
  1. Department of Surgery, Institute of Surgical Studies, University College London, London W1P 7LD
  2. Department of Surgery, Tata Memorial Hospital, Parel, Bombay 400 012, India

    EDITOR—We are delighted that our method of calculating the “normal remaining life” to express survival in cancer aroused so much interest, and we would like to respond to some of the issues raised in letters.1 Tan suggests that the life expectancy figures that we used represent the median survival for a population cohort.2 This is untrue. We used cumulative …

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