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This oncologist doesn't see cancer as a 'battle' you can win

We often talk about cancer using the language of war: “She’s battling breast cancer” or “he won his fight against lung cancer.” 

Elaine Schattner doesn't see it as a battle. Schattner was an oncologist and is also a cancer survivor — another phrase she questions. Today, she is a clinical associate professor at Weill Cornell Medicine and she’s out with a new book about the language of cancer called "From Whispers to Shouts: The Ways We Talk About Cancer."

In it, she traces the history of this kind of battle language around cancer.

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Lauren Gilger, host of KJZZ's The Show, is an award-winning journalist whose work has impacted communities large and small, exposing injustices and giving a voice to the voiceless and marginalized.