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Not everyone who has had cancer wants to be defined as a survivor

A large proportion of current or former cancer patients surveyed object to being called a "cancer survivor" because the term disregards fears of recurrence, minimizes the experience of people who have had more severe cases or simply is not how people want to be defined, among other reasons, according to a study in the Journal of Psychosocial Oncology. Those who embrace the term said it makes them feel connected and empowered, and the study's authors suggest letting cancer patients "choose the language of their cancer-related identity."

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