“They (the patients) set the age target they want to reach. As oncologists, we try to help them (achieve) the best quality of life possible.”
ROJ agrees but with the following additional comments, opinions and recommendations on general guidelines on setting the age target:
1) For Filipinos living in the Philippines, initially set 70 as the target as this is the round-off average of the lifespan in the Philippines as of 2014;
2) If you reach 70 or about to reach 70 or is beyond 70, then set another realistic age target based on your current health conditions (particularly, risk for death if you have a disease) and your aspirations (must be spelled out with time frame or deadline) [As a general guide, use an increment of 5 years.];
3) If you have a seeming incurable disease or condition or one with unpredictable course at whatever age, set a realistic age target based on expected lifespan of Filipinos patients with such a disease or condition (can use external data if Philippine data are not available) and factor in your aspirations (must be spelled out with time frame or deadline and congruent with the expected lifespan);
4) Do not use as primary basis the longest age that your parents or grandparents have reached in the initial setting of lifespan target. However, you can use it as a secondary basis, meaning you can factor in the lifespan track record of your parents and grandparents after you have reached 70.