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Cancer Survival in Texas

Cancer Survival in Texas

Cancer survival is the proportion of patients alive at some point subsequent to the diagnosis of their cancer. These survival rates are the percentage of patients who live for a specified time after their cancers are diagnosed, and most of our tables present 5-year survival rates (the percentage of patients who survived at least 5 years after diagnosis). Of course, no matter what the 5-year survival rates are, keep in mind that each person’s situation is unique, and survival analysis cannot predict what will happen to any individual.

The Texas Cancer Registry (TCR) uses two measures of cancer survival: Relative Survival and Cause-Specific Survival. These two survival measures use different estimation methods.

  • Relative Survival presents cancer survival in the absence of other causes of death by comparing the survival among patients with cancer to a comparable population without cancer.

  • Cause-Specific Survival is a net survival measure representing survival of a specified cause of death in the absence of other causes of death. 

Both relative and cause-specific survival are considered valid measures for analyzing population-based survival. For more information about similarities, differences, and caveats of using each, please see links below:

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Last updated December 3, 2021