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Dictionary of Cancer Terms

View in Spanish: Tasa de supervivencia a cinco años

Five-year survival rate ( ser-VY-vul )
The percentage of people in a study or treatment group who are alive five years after they were diagnosed with or treated for a disease, such as cancer. The disease may or may not have come back.

Source: National Cancer Institute Dictionary of Cancer Terms, available at www.cancer.gov/dictionary.