Why I Don’t Like Being Called a “Cancer Survivor”

Cancer Suvivor

Like every other person who has received a cancer diagnosis and lived to talk about it, I have become a cancer survivor.*  Which is a wonderful thing to be.  The first Sunday of June is National Cancer Survivors Day. People can purchase shirts that proudly proclaim “Cancer Survivor!”  The American Cancer Society sponsors and maintains […]

The Etymology of the Word “Cancer”


What is it about the word “cancer” that triggers such a deep sense of trepidation?  Where did the word “cancer” even come from? The Roman physician and philosopher Galen (AD 129-200) is credited with naming breast tumors whose shape resembled the claws of a crab.  Like all Roman academics, Galen considered Latin beneath contempt, so […]