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Letters Survival after cancer

Cancer survival figures are misleading

BMJ 2014; 348 doi: (Published 19 May 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;348:g3315
  1. Jason L Oke, senior statistician1
  1. 1Nuffield Department of Primary Care Health Sciences, Oxford OX2 6NW, UK
  1. jason.oke{at}

Harpal Kumar (chief executive of Cancer Research UK) is quoted as saying that we need a new measure of cancer prognosis, which is currently measured by five year survival.1 I agree; it is time for a new …

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