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Palliative care: It’s not what you think (or fear)

Stigma keeps many cancer patients from using a service that offers much-needed help to the sick as well as the dying

April 26, 2017 | By Diane Mapes / Fred Hutch News Service

Palliative care isn't just about easing suffering at end of life. It’s also appropriate for patients dealing with pain or side effects anywhere along the cancer continuum. But not all patients, or doctors, realize this. Two Fred Hutch experts discuss the latest research, and the stigma, surrounding this crucial type of care.

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‘Good cancer’? Views vary on a sunny phrase

Many patients and doctors refuse to apply the ‘g’ word to highly curable cancers, but some survivors draw hope from the ‘good’

Nov. 10, 2016 | By Bill Briggs / Fred Hutch News Service

Derided by some survivors and embraced by others, the phrase “good cancer” surged in use as cure rates rose for some malignancies, pushing that upbeat description into the fervent world of cancer language.

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The cost of survival

Treatment complications can impact lives for years after cure but some cancers survivors are reluctant to reveal their pain

Nov. 4, 2016 | By Bill Briggs / Fred Hutch News Service

Some survivors say it’s hard for those untouched by cancer to understand the scales of life don’t always balance with survival on one side and a jumble of complications heaped on the other.

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