There’s Something Terribly Wrong With How We Look at Cancer Survival Statistics

We all know the story. We’ve seen the Lifetime/Hallmark special in which inevitably features cachexia. We get to see the poor patient lose all agency and slowly wilt and die, like a pointsettia plant we got from the neighbors at Christmas. Or there’s an instantaneous, miraculous turn-about or misdiagnosis, and the poor patient is granted a new lease on life. Neither of these is accurate, of course, and the horrible truth of cancer is that surviving it is like that first, terrible full-time job you get out of college: it’s…