Topics » Health   Dec. 22, 2011

If It's Not a War on Cancer, What Is It?

A Battle With Love?

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Photo: Fox Chase Cancer Center

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A Battle With Love?

Dr. Michael V. Seiden, president of Fox Chase Cancer Center in Philadelphia, says: "Caregivers have noted that some cancer patients respond positively to the metaphor of the 'War on Cancer.' They want to fight the disease with all their energy. But others, when they're sick, want primarily to be cared for and supported by family, friends and their medical team. Using 'Love Vs. Cancer' at Fox Chase Cancer Center, we aim to honor and promote the strength and hope that love brings to the challenge of confronting cancer. Gentle language and imagery frames the cancer experience and recognizes the unifying role of love in that experience. Love unites us all -- patients, families, friends, nurses, doctors, scientists and survivors - in our efforts to end cancer. In dealing with cancer, the importance of scientific and clinical expertise cannot be overstated. 'Love Vs. Cancer' speaks to another important piece of the equation -- it gets to the core of what caregivers offer."

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