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‘Fighting talk’ about cancer can do more harm than good

The desire to put on a brave face can rob patients of the chance to discuss end of life care
Fighting cancer

The desire to put on a brave face can rob patients of the chance to discuss end of life care

Fight, battle, beat. Just a few words that many people use about cancer when going through treatment.

But how helpful is this kind of 'fighting talk' for nurses and other healthcare professionals when it comes to supporting people who are approaching the end of their life? And does it serve the people who need to think and talk about dying?

For some, the effort required to remain upbeat about a terminal illness is too much

Treating cancer as an enemy that you have the power to overcome can help some people to channel negative feelings and regain a sense of control over their lives.

But for others, the effort required to remain upbeat about a terminal illness is too

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