survival rate

Pronunciation: (ser-VY-vul ...)

The percentage of people in a study or treatment group who are still alive for a certain period of time after they were diagnosed with or started treatment for a disease, such as cancer. The survival rate is often stated as a five-year survival rate, which is the percentage of people in a study or treatment group who are alive five years after their diagnosis or the start of treatment. Also called overall survival rate.

Source: NCI Dictionary of Cancer Terms

Date last modified: 2012-08-15