Saturday, November 23, 2013

Poor choice of time?

An advanced stage of brain cancer is never a good thing.

A study recently released showed that those with stage IV Glioblastoma had a median survival of only 6.5 months if they were not given access to the highest level of treatment available that includes aggressive surgery, radiation and chemotherapy.

The median survival in those aggressively treated was still less than 12 months.

Median survival is defined as the time after which 50% of people with a particular condition are still living, and 50% have died. For example, a median survival of 6 months would indicate that after 6 months, 50% of people with that condition would be alive, and 50% would have passed away.

I've seen a few folks who have gone the aggressive treatment route.

I know it's hard to know what any of us would choose in a situation such as this, but I haven't been convinced yet that an increased quality of life is experienced by those you get to have their median survival increased by 5 months.

But those choosing the aggressive route definitely get to spend more money and an increased amount of time in doctors offices and at diagnostic/treatment centers.

That doesn't sound like fun to me.

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