The numbers game…

Results count in medical research.  New forms of treatment are born from the lab bench and it’s all about the numbers for those who wear the lab coats.

But from the “living in cancer world” corner, the diagnosis is stunning enough, do we really need to hear what the percentage of survival is, depending on age, physical condition, past medical history and on and on? 

There are numbers for everything in medicine.  First line of treatment on down the line.  Clinical trials carry stages and more numbers of success versus failure. 

What I’m saying is, aren’t we all asking for the same thing, without quoting numbers, odds, percentages….It’s Leroy’s line that echo’s in my head when one treatment failed, he’d turn to his doctors with conviction and said “What else have you got?” 

The numbers didn’t matter.

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