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A recent New York Times article discussed one debate in the medical community about the word "cancer." The article addressed those who are diagnosed with Stage 0 cancer, where cells are found to be abnormal, but do not pose an immediate threat of spreading or becoming more threatening.

Susana's blog from December 22 addressed patient uncertainties surrounding cancer communication in prevention, screening, and treatment. When discussing results with a patient, even using the words "abnormal cells" can strike fear and anxiety in a patient. While clinicians need to communicate clearly to the patient what their diagnosis means to help reduce uncertainty, should Stage 0 cancer still be called cancer? If not cancer, what should it be called?

Michelle Henton
Senior Research Assistant, CCRC
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Written by CCRC at 12:47

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