lungR Documentation

NCCTG Lung Cancer Data

Description

Survival in patients with advanced lung cancer from the North Central Cancer Treatment Group. Performance scores rate how well the patient can perform usual daily activities.

Usage

lung
cancer

Format

inst: Institution code
time: Survival time in days
status: censoring status 1=censored, 2=dead
age: Age in years
sex: Male=1 Female=2
ph.ecog: ECOG performance score (0=good 5=dead)
ph.karno: Karnofsky performance score (bad=0-good=100) rated by physician
pat.karno: Karnofsky performance score as rated by patient
meal.cal: Calories consumed at meals
wt.loss: Weight loss in last six months

Note

The use of 1/2 for alive/dead instead of the usual 0/1 is a historical footnote. For data contained on punch cards, IBM 360 Fortran treated blank as a zero, which led to a policy within the section of Biostatistics to never use "0" as a data value since one could not distinguish it from a missing value. The policy became a habit, as is often the case; and the 1/2 coding endured long beyond the demise of punch cards and Fortran.

Source

Terry Therneau

References

Loprinzi CL. Laurie JA. Wieand HS. Krook JE. Novotny PJ. Kugler JW. Bartel J. Law M. Bateman M. Klatt NE. et al. Prospective evaluation of prognostic variables from patient-completed questionnaires. North Central Cancer Treatment Group. Journal of Clinical Oncology. 12(3):601-7, 1994.