A Piece of My Mind Section Editor: Roxanne K. Young, Associate Senior Editor.
Author Affiliation: Maimonides Medical Center, Brooklyn, New York (firstname.lastname@example.org).
A number of years ago I stood up during the question-and-answer period at a conference at which the issue of cancer “survivorship” was on the agenda. Thinking that the term “cancer survivor” might carry unwanted connotations, I asked why someone with a history of cancer would seek that designation.
A person who had been treated for breast cancer responded passionately from the podium, to considerable applause: “Because we're not patients !” Feeling chastened, my question admittedly “out of touch,” I bowed my head and slunk back to my seat.
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