The shame, blame and stigma surrounding this deadly disease affects everything from patient follow-through to research funding
Nov. 21, 2017
| By Diane Mapes / Fred Hutch News Service
Most people know that lung cancer is an aggressive killer, triggered by everything from smoking to genetic mutations to environmental toxins. But more and more patients, doctors and researchers are pointing to another harmful influence contributing to the suffering, delayed diagnosis and possibly even early deaths of those hit with the disease: stigma.
Say what?! Confusing medical jargon and topsy-turvy language can leave a lot of patients feeling lost in translation
Sept. 22, 2016
| By Diane Mapes / Fred Hutch Cancer Research Center
Whether its topsy-turvy language or murky medical jargon, most cancer patients run up against a "lost--in-translation" moment with their doctors. Writer Diane Mapes and Fred Hutch experts weigh in on the importance of good patient-doctor communication.