Is it appropriate to tell someone to “fight the cancer?”

by S. Terry Kraus, M.D.

Sep 14, 2017

All of us are aware that Senator John McCain has an aggressive malignant brain tumor. Many of his well-wishers in Congress and in the public have been encouraging him to “fight” the cancer.

What this “finding cancer” me? Does that mean that individuals who are “fighting will have better opportunity for longevity?  Does that mean that individuals who don’t “fight” will have lesser opportunity for longevity? This can cause an unnecessary. It can cause false hope. It can cause someone to feel guilty if their cancer progresses.

Perhaps, support and kindness will give someone who has cancer support they need. Saying “I am here if you need me” is much better than same “you have the fight this.”

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