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Glossary: overall survival rate, Masonic Cancer Center, University of Minnesota

overall survival rate

(oh-ver-AWL ser-VY-vul rayt)

The percentage of people in a study or treatment group who are alive for a certain period of time after they were diagnosed with or treated for a disease, such as cancer. The overall 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 diagnosis or treatment. Also called survival rate.

2008-06-15