[R] analyzing suvival data using splines (a.k.a., piecewise log-hazard-ratio models)

From: Wittner, Ben <Wittner.Ben_at_mgh.harvard.edu>
Date: Thu 23 Jun 2005 - 07:00:19 EST


I'm looking for software that makes plots such as fig 4 (a)-(e), fig 5 anf fig 7 of
Gray, Robert, "Flexible Methods for Analyzing Survival Data Using Splines, with Applications to Breast Cancer Prognosis," 1992, J Am Stat Assoc, pp 942-51.

In other words, I'm looking for software that takes survival data and a continuous
covariate as input and computes a curve giving log hazard ratio (or rate of failure for
a specific time) as a function of the continuous covariate, as well as curves giving
+-SE for that curve.

A plot of this nature can also be found as figure 4 in Paik, et al., "A Multigene Assay to
Predict Recurrence of Tamoxifen-Treated, Node-Negative Breast Cancer," 2004, New England
Journal of Medicine, pp 2817-26.

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks.

-Ben

Ben Wittner
Research fellow, MGH & Harvard Medical School wittner.ben@mgh.harvard.edu



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