Title: A Class of Semiparametric Mixture Cure Survival Models with Dependent Censoring.
Authors: Othus, Megan; Li, Yi; Tiwari, Ram C
Published In J Am Stat Assoc, (2009 09 01)
Abstract: Modern cancer treatments have substantially improved cure rates and have generated a great interest in and need for proper statistical tools to analyze survival data with non-negligible cure fractions. Data with cure fractions are often complicated by dependent censoring, and the analysis of this type of data typically involves untestable parametric assumptions on the dependence of the censoring mechanism and the true survival times. Motivated by the analysis of prostate cancer survival trends, we propose a class of semiparametric transformation cure models that allows for dependent censoring without making parametric assumptions on the dependence relationship. The proposed class of models encompasses a number of common models for the latency survival function, including the proportional hazards model and the proportional odds model, and also allows for time-dependent covariates. An inverse censoring probability reweighting scheme is used to derive unbiased estimating equations. We validate small sample properties with simulations and demonstrate the method with a data application.
PubMed ID: 20706564
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