Gallo del Cielo has had a similar quandary in the recent past.
Diagnosed with lymphoma and quickly submitting to the surgery, I then encountered a difficult decision. My Sacramento oncologist recommended chemotherapy, daily for three months, then tri-weekly for another three. These treatments would cause some debilitation. Exactly how much could not be said, for it is not possible to know. Some. A second opinion came from a renown UCSF onc.
So, I investigated, using mostly the Mayo Clinic site, but not only. It turns out that people with my condition (level 3 carcinoma/lymphoma) had post-surgical recurrence in 4 out of 100 cases if they had the chemo.
If they did not have the chemo, they had recurrences in 5 out of 100. This difference is small in real terms, especially given the daily gravity of the chemo. But it can be stated that there is a 25% better chance of survival if you submit to the chemo.
Is this accurate? Is it honest?
Five is 25% larger than four, but does that accurately reflect the reality?
Don't know. Gallo is a simple creature.
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