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Median time and/or survival rate comparision in survival time data

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Median time and/or survival rate comparision in survival time data

Hello all,

In survival analysis (using, say, Kaplan-Meier curves) how can I do such comparisons between two arms? I know log-rank test, but that test is for comparison of two entire survival curves, not just medial survival time or survival rate at certain time point (say, survival rate at 12 months). Personally I don't think this type of comparison is reasonable, and actually I cannot find such single-point comparison in any survival books or statsitical journals, -- I only see this occasionally in certain poster presentations. However, we are sometimes requested to do this by some physicians (like difference or even 95% C.I. of difference of two 12-month survival rates). Any option(s) in, say, "lifetest"? Any suggestions? Thanks!
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Re: Median time and/or survival rate comparision in survival time data

Hi.
Maybe you should use Wilcoxon-rank-sum-test ,because it is nonparameter statistical method which is robust for any distribution. And log-rank is most powerful only for the survival curves both paralleled.


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Re: Median time and/or survival rate comparision in survival time data

Logistic regression may do what you want. It will handle the failure at a single point in time. It won't handle censoring.

I agree that a complete survival analysis is more powerful, but there are times when it makes clinical sense to address the outcome at a specific point in time. Message was edited by: Doc@Duke
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Re: Median time and/or survival rate comparision in survival time data

What about truncating the data to the time point of interest and comparing the differences of the curves up to that point?

I think that's really what's of interest, ie is the surivival different for the first year, second year, etc...

If you truncate at 12 months your estimate is the same as if you hadn't truncated but information afterwards is censoring/truncation in effect.

Does that make any sense?
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