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Cure Fraction, Modelling and Estimating in a Population-Based Cancer Survival Analysis

Abu Bakar, Mohd Rizam and A. Salah, Khalid and Ibrahim, Noor Akma and Haron, Kassim (2008) Cure Fraction, Modelling and Estimating in a Population-Based Cancer Survival Analysis. Malaysian Journal of Mathematical Sciences, 2 (1). pp. 113-134. ISSN 1823-8343

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In population-based cancer studies, cure is said to occur when the mortality (hazard)rate in the diseased group of individuals returns to the same level as that expected in the general population. The optimal method for monitoring the progress of patient care across the full spectrum of provider settings is through the population-based study of cancer patient survival, which is only possible using data collected by population-based cancer registries. The probability of cure, statistical cure, is defined for a cohort of cancer patients as the percent of patients whose annual death rate equals the death rate of general cancer-free population. Recently models have been introduced, so called cure fraction models, that estimates the cure fraction as well as the survival time distribution for those uncured. The colorectal cancer survival data from the Surveillance, Epidemiology and End Results (SEER) program, USA, is used. The aim is to evaluate the cure fraction models and compare these methods to other methods used to monitor time trends in cancer patient survival, and to highlight some problems using these models.

Item Type:Article
Keyword:Relative survival, Survival mixture cure rate model, Cure fraction, SEER Stat, CANSURV
Faculty or Institute:Institute for Mathematical Research
Publisher:UPM Press
ID Code:12591
Deposited By: kmportal
Deposited On:09 Jun 2011 09:13
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