My wife and I spend a lot of our time volunteering for a pancreatic cancer non-profit. While I would never say that I got the "good" cancer, I will say that I'm sure glad I didn't get pancreatic cancer (and I obviously hope that I never do). 75% of people diagnosed with pancreatic cancer die within one year. Five-year survival rate is 9%.
Within a few months of my RP, my 40 year old D-I-Law, mother of 10 and 13 year old boys, was diagnosed with Mesothelioma. She had just- at her employer's(hospital's) pushing- recently finished a couple of years of night classes (45 minute commute 1 way) to get her masters degree in Social work. She had also had bariactric (sp?) surgery for weight loss about
a year prior. Turned out that was the last thing she needed, as she was dead within 6 months, at maybe 75 Lbs. The chemo was pretty horrible, and as far as we could tell, totally useless.
Even with my aggressive PC and not great pathology, 4 years later I am still a surgery only guy, though I have been rising a bit, so my luck may run out soon. So, compared to what hit her, my PC has certainly been comparatively good
. Let's face it, many of us have treatment and thus get many years of life with loved ones before it gets us, if indeed it ever gets us. Some of us can pull that off even without treatment. So compared to something like several of the other cancers, often referred to or thought of as a death sentence, I can see why some people call it the good cancer. Certainly in many ways my aggressive PC with poor pathology has been very good compared to the horror show happened to my DIL.
OTOH, the treatment for PC can absolutely drastically reduce one quality of life, destroying many pleasurable aspects of life forever. So on that basis, hard to actually call it good. But if some other cancers are considered, I guess I will have to say that it certainly could be worse.