Michael Joyce is a writer-producer with HealthNewsReview.org and tweets as @mlmjoyce
We’ve written before about how the words we use to talk about cancer matter.
We’ve written about criticism of the ‘warrior trap,’ as well as the ‘war and bravery’ language of cancer. But rather than hearing more from us on this important topic, in this podcast, you’re going to hear five powerful perspectives on concerns about what has become our cancer vernacular:
Katherine O’Brien (9 years with metastatic breast cancer); Mandy Stahre (diagnosed with cancer at age 31); Ellen Miller-Sonet (former marketing executive for a renowned cancer center, now a cancer advocate); Vinay Prasad (oncologist and evidence-based medicine specialist); and Christine Norton (28 years with Stage I breast cancer and co-founder of the Minnesota Breast Cancer Coalition).
Here’s a must-read from our publisher, Gary Schwitzer:
And a few other excellent resources to get you started:
If you’d like to share a story with us about how certain cancer language contributed to harm, write to us at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can read more stories about media messages leading to patient harms by visiting this page.
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