Hello to all the biostatisticians and epidemiologists out there,
I have looked up and down for a standard definition of recurrence-free survival, and the issue I'm having is determining if the standard includes DEATH as an event or not. I have seen some studies censor at death and others include death along with recurrences as events. If death is traditionally included as an event, what is the rationale for that? It certainly is not a recurrence. Also, is there a difference between relapse-free survival and recurrence-free survival?
Thanks for your help!