Analyze, using economics . . .

Movie critic Joel Siegel passed away on June 29, ten years after being diagnosed with colon cancer. He left behind some advice for cancer patients. It rings with pain, truth, bravery, and humor.

I've lost 50 pounds in the past year, and the weight loss was as painless as could be. I wasn't hungry. I couldn't taste much, I didn't enjoy food, I had to remind myself to eat anything at all.

First time in 100 generations anyone in my family had those problems.

I figure the diet would do gangbusters business in Hollywood: the chemotherapy diet. OK, there is a 10-20% chance it'll kill you, but you can lose 50 pounds in three months!

They'd wait in line. They'd cause traffic jams on the 405.

To me I look like an extra out of "Schindler's List" but people tell me how great I look.

Advice: it helps to be 40-50 pounds overweight when you begin chemotherapy.