Gambles Cancer Patients are Willing to Take

77 percent of surveyed cancer patients preferred “hopeful gambles” –treatments that offer a 50 percent chance of adding three years to their survival but also a 50 percent chance of no additional survival – to “safe bet” treatments that would keep them alive for eighteen months.

Full Health Affairs study on “hopeful gambles” vs. “safe bets”.

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  1. Devon Herrick says:

    This sounds irrational but this explains the popularity of the lottery. People (apparently) are willing to take a 99.999% chance they will lose a small amount of money in return for a .0001% change they will become rich.

  2. Buster says:

    This similar to a lottery. Definition of a lottery: investment schemes for people are bad at math.

  3. Vicki says:

    Interesting gamble.

  4. brian says:

    All depends on the person and circumstance perhaps.