The portrayals of cancer in the movies don’t necessarily reflect the reality of having cancer.

This is according to a study presented at the European Society for Medical Oncology 2012 annual meeting.

Researchers analyzed 82 movies about people with cancer. In 63% of the movies the patient died.

The pattern of dying from cancer is “so strongly standardized that it persists in spite of real progress in treatments,” according to the researchers.

Things are not so bleak in real life, they note. Commenting on the study, Prof. Christoph Zielinski, President of the Central European Cooperative Oncology Group says, “In reality, it is much more living with cancer, being diagnosed with it, being treated and, finally surviving it which dominates human life.”