Cancer Survival in Texas

"Elderly man and boy walk down a path outside"Cancer survival is the proportion of patients alive at some point after the diagnosis of their cancer. Cancer survival rates are presented as the percentage of patients who live for a specified time after their cancer diagnosis — most often reported as 5-year survival rates (the percentage of patients who survived at least five years after diagnosis). While cancer survival rates can provide an overall picture of survival, keep in mind that each person’s situation is unique and survival analysis cannot predict what will happen to any individual person.

The Texas Cancer Registry (TCR) presents relative survival, which is an estimate of the percentage of patients who would be expected to survive the effects of their cancer. Relative cancer survival measures survival in the absence of other causes of death by comparing the survival among patients with cancer to the expected survival rates in a comparable population (matching on age, year, sex, race/ethnicity, and county-level socioeconomic status) without cancer.

Relative Survival by Primary Cancer Site and Survival Time Period, Sex, Race/Ethnicity, and Stage at Diagnosis

Relative survival is one of several measures used to analyze cancer survival. Measures of cancer survival vary depending on the question of interest, the estimation method used, and the type of measure. For more information about estimating cancer survival statistics, please see links below:


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