Posted 10/2/2021 5:45 AM (GMT -7)
This is sort of a follow-up to a thread I posted last week about cancer terminology, and how its use can impact how patients think about their treatment decision.
"Cancer patient" is probably the most commonly used term to refer to, well, cancer patients.
But in the course of web-roaming in pursuit of read-worthy cancer articles, as I have been doing for some time now, I have occasionally seen a variety of other terms employed to refer to people with cancer, some reasonable, and others, well, a bit more curious.
Here are a few of such words and phrases that I have seen used or mentioned when doing this, in no particular order, with my personal comments about each:
cancer-stricken-----usable I guess, but sort of implies the cancer is pretty bad
cancer-laden----- too old fashion sounding
carcinopath-----technical, and getting "Huh?" response in normal conversation
carcinogenically challenged-----found used in a humorous context, of course
cancer diagnosee-----again, context was humorous (I think)
cancer sufferer----- sounds pretty grim
cancer victim----- also sounds rather grim, like one is getting pummeled
cancer survivor----- we hear this a good bit, some like it, some don't
cancer fighter----- okay, I guess, but some don't like the military allusion
cancer warrior----- a noble sound to it, but has the same problem as fighter
cancer beater----- okay, I guess, better than some already mentioned
cancer winner----- like one just won the health lottery or something
There is even
becancered-----but too old-fashion sounding, like something from Shakespeare
And while researching this I also came across a term you'll probably never hear anywhere but here:
Carcinage: n. the period of time in one's life that was affected by cancer. ("He had a challenging carcinage").
Anyone want to make a case for any of these as the best way to refer to those with cancer? Or should we just stick with "cancer patients?"
I'm sure there are more terms in use out there, and maybe some even have an appeal. Feel free to mention any in a post below if you think you know of a good one.
And I haven't seen it in use so far, but "cancer victor" sounds nice.