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Battle with cancer

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Last Updated: 18 January 2022

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Cancer is not War. It is not battle to be won. Cancer is disease that plays by its own rules and does not always respond in way it is supposed to. Recent Diagnosis Of Democratic Congressman And Civil-rights Icon John R. Lewis Of Georgia With Stage IV Pancreatic Cancer, Has Predictably Led To Many Articles And Conversations On Fight Against Cancer He Has To Prepare To Wage. His is diagnosis that can be treatable, but is not curable with current treatment options that are available. Similarly, Alex Trebek, long-time host of TV game show Jeopardy, publicly discussed his battle with stage IV pancreatic Cancer. Yet it is unfair to call diagnosis and plan fight. This indicates that when cancer does what cancer often does and patient either succumbs to illness or to complications from disease or treatment, he or she does not fight hard enough, or has given up. This type rhetoric can be damaging to patients, their families and their caregivers. If patients see cancer treatment as battle that must be fight, they can feel they have not done enough if treatment does not work, or if they cannot tolerate side effects of treatment. Physicians use these metaphors as well, and that can lead to patients they are letting others down when cancer does not respond to therapy. As oncologist, I have had patients use this language to describe their diagnosis, and I have also had those who cringe when family member mentions battle ahead. Recently, 32-year-old woman with metastatic colon Cancer shared with me that had stopped attending family functions. Constant War analogies make her feel like she wasnt doing enough to fight when she was trying to and thrive while enjoying her life with her young children and undergoing treatment. By talking about beating Cancer and fighting Cancer, it can give impression that patients are not trying hard enough to get better, and that is why Cancer is winning. Cancer care has come long way in last several decades. Immunotherapies and novel agents along with clinical trials and new drugs coming down pipeline give hope that we will eventually be able to extend more metastatic Cancer patients live years as we have with certain tumor types. Length Of Cancer Survival Has Increased Slowly For All Cancer Combine, Indication Of Improved Prevention, Early Detection, Screening And Treatment Options. However, fact that this is not always case should not reflect negatively on those who are receiving treatment. Psychologist David Hauser at Queens University in Ontario, Canada, published study earlier this year that suggested battle metaphors could have negative impact on how individuals think about cancer, and those thoughts could undermine people's intentions to engage in healthy behaviors.

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Janey had severe pneumonia and stomach cancer had spread to her bones and liver. She endured surgery, several rounds of and many overnight hospital stays. Her weight dropped dramatically, leaving personal trainer shadow of her former self. But she insists on finding another treatment might bring her back to good health. I might look but I want to keep fighting, she told physician Sunita Puri, palliative care expert at Keck School of Medicine of USC. That kind of language describing treatment of advanced cancer or other serious illnesses as fight against enemy often makes Puri and many other doctors cringe. Although some patients feel empowered by imagining aggressive battle against their disease, in many cases it prevents them from having open discussion about reality of situation. If were talking about treatment as fighting, then choosing not to treat or reaching limit of body make them feel like they are giving up and weak, and none of that is true, said Puri, assistant professor of clinical Medicine and medical director for palliative care. Language can be very toxic and ultimately serve honest conversation about what is possible and what is in someones best interest. Rather than admitting that their body might have reached its natural limits, many insist on continuing battle, leading to painful and often futile medical procedures that rob them of comfort and quality time with loved ones. At USC, experts are pushing back against narrative of Fighting war on Cancer, notion that gained prominence in 1970s. They are finding evidence, based on both personal experience and research studies, that using aggressive language in context of serious illness can cause more harm than good. My goal is to make sure people understand from very beginning that there are choices they will have to make for their care based on their goals and values, but also on how they define suffering, Puri say. Sometimes we inflict lot of suffering on ourselves by trying to push past our limits.

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Nicole Hastings

Nicole is widow mom to three children. With background in journalism and sudden need to figure out what to do, she turned to writing about her experience with husband with cancer, caregiving and widow parenting and overcoming aloneness of all of above. She believes art of storytelling brings people out of dark into light together to share in joy, humor, suffering and pain in life. She says that by her story with transparency and heart, will bring others hope and empower them to share their own stories.

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