Will Rogers phenomenon


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A term referring to the 'improved' survival of patients with cancer or other disease by either reclassifying them into different prognostic groups, recognising more subtle disease manifestations, or by using diagnostic modalities that allow the disease to be diagnosed at an earlier stage. The Will Rogers phenomenon results in a ‘zero-time shift’ and improved prognosis without affecting actual survival

Will Rogers phenomenon

Stage migration Epidemiology The improved survival of Pts with CA or other disease by either reclassifying Pts into different prognostic groups, recognizing more subtle disease manifestations, or by using diagnostic modalities that allow a disease to be diagnosed at an earlier stage; the WRP results in a 'zero-time shift' and improved prognosis, without affecting survival