Stupid Google

leesag
leesag Member Posts: 621 Member
Ok..I'm an idiot. Need some encouraging words after googling brain metastes prognosis. (word of advice...don't do it!) I know.I'm stupid. I figure if the numbers were REALLY that bad, someone would have told me something!

On the up side. Treatment 2 is done, 13 to go. Glowing Crab Feast is scheduled for Saturday and Life is Good!

:)

Leesa

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  • Tethys41
    Tethys41 Member Posts: 1,376 Member
    Statistics are not your friend
    Have you read the book Anticancer: A New Way of Life by David Servan-Schreiber? There is an interesting chapter on survival statistics. The other chapters discuss ways you can make your body an enemy to cancer. The author obviously has not had ovarian cancer, but he has survived brain cancer.
  • poopergirl14052
    poopergirl14052 Member Posts: 1,183 Member
    Tethys41 said:

    Statistics are not your friend
    Have you read the book Anticancer: A New Way of Life by David Servan-Schreiber? There is an interesting chapter on survival statistics. The other chapters discuss ways you can make your body an enemy to cancer. The author obviously has not had ovarian cancer, but he has survived brain cancer.

    not an idiot, just curious
    so I know how you feel. Stats are stats that may have been written 20 years ago blah blah blah. Go by how you feel and your instincts as they will never fail you. Have fun at your cook-out and enjoy the day....val
  • anicca
    anicca Member Posts: 334 Member
    Congratulations on finishing treatment 2!
    It's hard not to google! Don't forget that not everything on the web is up to date or as definitive as it may seem to those of us without an MD. Even doctors can have trouble deciphering things not in their specialty, so if you trust your doctors, stick with them, believe in yourself, and leave google for shopping and researching other topics.

    DB

    PS - I wanna go to the crab feast!
  • Hissy_Fitz
    Hissy_Fitz Member Posts: 1,834
    I know the stats are scary,
    I know the stats are scary, but I found this, as well:

    Symptoms caused by tumors metastatic to the brain usually respond to whole brain radiation therapy; different studies have reported response rates of up to 70 percent.

    It went on to say that patients younger than 60 (that would be you), and those who have only a single tumor (originally or remaining after surgery) can expect a much better outcome. That would be you too, right?

    I have always figured that my chances were either zero or one hundred percent. Either the cancer will kill me, or it won't. There's not much we can do except live as large as we can, for as long as we can. The crab feast sounds like a great place to start. Wish there were crabs on my calendar!!!

    Carlene
  • lindaprocopio
    lindaprocopio Member Posts: 1,980

    I know the stats are scary,
    I know the stats are scary, but I found this, as well:

    Symptoms caused by tumors metastatic to the brain usually respond to whole brain radiation therapy; different studies have reported response rates of up to 70 percent.

    It went on to say that patients younger than 60 (that would be you), and those who have only a single tumor (originally or remaining after surgery) can expect a much better outcome. That would be you too, right?

    I have always figured that my chances were either zero or one hundred percent. Either the cancer will kill me, or it won't. There's not much we can do except live as large as we can, for as long as we can. The crab feast sounds like a great place to start. Wish there were crabs on my calendar!!!

    Carlene

    If Google stats were true, I'd be dead 8 months now.
    I did the same thing when my cancer metastacized to my liver; I went out to Google to see how long I had. Seems my statistically-average expiration date was to be November 2010, "irregardless of treatment", according to studies as recent as 2010. Short-timer, I figured. My reaction has been to live as large and with as much joy as I can each day.

    And, you know what, I'm still here, sweet girl! "Google" got it wrong. My last CA125 drawn June 1 just before my radioembolization was 8500 (8500!) But I'm still HERE, symptom-free; I couldn't even tell you exactly where my liver is since I can't feel it. I'd never know I had cancer if I didn't have the scans to prove it. The statistics don't factor in cutting edge treatments that spring up every day. I feel wonderful and I cling to my imitation of vibrant health as evidence that the statistics don't tell the story for ME, not by a long shot.

    And they don't for you either, Leesa, so stop reading that crap. Inquiring minds have to know, I agree. But have you EVER been 'the average' ANY time in your life??? HA! LIVE ON, Leesa, with joy!
  • kayandok
    kayandok Member Posts: 1,202 Member
    I do allow myself to google
    on a limited basis, but when I am feeling sensitive, I just don't go there. I agree with all these ladies though, finding the JOY in life, is the only way to go. I have had to sow some seeds of JOY (make some effort) but a lot of tiny ones just pop up on their own!

    EnJOY the crab!

    hugs,
    kathleeen
  • Mwee
    Mwee Member Posts: 1,338
    Life IS good
    You are not an idiot. Who can resist at the very least peeking at Google. I keep telling myself that those statistics include many people with other issues along with the "beast". I am disgustingly healthy EXCEPT for cancer :). I'm way past my experation date according to those statistics. Enjoy the crab feast for life is so very good!
    (((HUGS))) Maria
  • Mum2bellaandwilliam
    Mum2bellaandwilliam Member Posts: 412

    If Google stats were true, I'd be dead 8 months now.
    I did the same thing when my cancer metastacized to my liver; I went out to Google to see how long I had. Seems my statistically-average expiration date was to be November 2010, "irregardless of treatment", according to studies as recent as 2010. Short-timer, I figured. My reaction has been to live as large and with as much joy as I can each day.

    And, you know what, I'm still here, sweet girl! "Google" got it wrong. My last CA125 drawn June 1 just before my radioembolization was 8500 (8500!) But I'm still HERE, symptom-free; I couldn't even tell you exactly where my liver is since I can't feel it. I'd never know I had cancer if I didn't have the scans to prove it. The statistics don't factor in cutting edge treatments that spring up every day. I feel wonderful and I cling to my imitation of vibrant health as evidence that the statistics don't tell the story for ME, not by a long shot.

    And they don't for you either, Leesa, so stop reading that crap. Inquiring minds have to know, I agree. But have you EVER been 'the average' ANY time in your life??? HA! LIVE ON, Leesa, with joy!

    love this post Linda
    This post made me smile!!!!!! I am a Google offender!