I have spent copious amounts of time over the last couple weeks online scouring information about urothelial (transitional) cell carcinoma. I am grateful that at least I know where to look and can quickly sift the bullshit (flaxseed oil + cottage cheese as a treatment for malignant bladder cancer!) from the science. I search every word I don’t understand on the pathology report (which is about every other word).
But the statistics. Ugh, the statistics. They can be devastating. Frightening. Disheartening. On one of the cancer survivor message boards someone suggested reading this article by Stephen Jay Gould, about discerning statistics.
I’ve read it a couple times and keep it bookmarked.
I also have to remind myself, regarding those studies: these guys have not met my mom.