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We’re Not All Stupid!: So What DO You Say or Do When Someone Tells You They’ve Been Diagnosed With Cancer?

February 24, 2012 by


Well, I wrote a post about the importance of not saying stupid things when you hear your friend has cancer. And I received a bunch of e-mails in response to it, probably because a bunch of people were thinking [and I include myself among this select group]: Hey! Is she talking about me? I say those […]

“You Will Never Go Broke Underestimating the Intelligence of the American Public:” Things People Say To Those With Cancer

February 21, 2012 by


P.T. Barnum had a cynical take on the degree of stupidity manifested by average Americans–but when it comes to what they say to those suffering from cancer, he wasn’t far off the mark. I’ve been treating cancer patients in my practice for over 25 years, and have had time to hear what sent them ’round […]