On Jan 6 2012 my dad was informed that he had colon cancer. He is a super health nut, that jogs daily and plays tennis regularly. He is 86 but is basically like Jack La Lane and looks and seems in his 60s. He runs his own business and is super fit. So it was very upsetting to learn of the cancer and to discover that colon cancer is very deadly and fast spreading. The HMO scheduled a colon resection for a couple weeks out and our family was making plans to be with him.
I discussed with my dad the lack of any information, data, or statistics on people who opt out of resections, chemo, and radiation. How could the doctors and other specialists recommend their treatments when they could not adequately compare them to the results of doing nothing or doing an alternative intervention?