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Glossary: disease-free survival, Masonic Cancer Center, University of Minnesota

disease-free survival

(dih-ZEEZ ... ser-VY-vul)

In cancer, the length of time after treatment ends that a patient survives without any signs or symptoms of that cancer or any other type of cancer. In a clinical trial, measuring the disease-free survival is one way to see how well a new treatment works. Also called DFS and disease-free survival time.