The “C” Word: Why Taking Control Over the Meaning of a Word Counts

The “C” Word: Why Taking Control Over the Meaning of a Word Counts

What’s in a word or a meaning? What is it about certain words that can vastly affect the state of thinking, feelings, and in this case—even healing? Today, we explore the power of words especially when “the big C” is in focus.

What’s In a Word?

Words can be pretty powerful things. They can lift you up or break you down. A wrongly said word at a critical time can cause irreparable damage. At the reverse side of the coin, the right word at the right time can bring a family closer together than ever before. When it comes to the concept of cancer, the words associated with it count for a lot.

The word cancer often connotes a rather grim outlook. When you tell someone that you have cancer, the way that they look at you changes. The way they look at themselves changes as well. This is because everyone probably knows someone that has been afflicted with cancer—we just think it won’t happen to us. In fact, most of us hope and pray that it will never happen to us.

The word cancer is actually a broad word that has been given the task to encompass all the different sorts of afflictions that have affected mankind through the different decades. There are so many people out there that just hear the word ‘cancer’ and immediately change their outlook in life. This opens them up to the risk of over diagnosis and overtreatment.

For example, should you come across the word IDLE or indolent lesions of epithelial origin, you should pay close attention. This means that the disease is present but has a very, very low risk for a metastatic spread.

Before You Go

You are more than your diagnosis. Your attitude will vastly determine how well you will be able to handle the incoming treatments, medicine, and even therapy (if you choose to undergo any). If you’ve ever heard the saying “your body reflects what you hold in your heart” then you will know what we are talking about. Just because you are either diagnosed with cancer or suspect you have cancer does not mean that you should give in to despair.

There are so many people out there that are living proof that taking control over the meaning of a word gives you more than a fighting chance. It gives you a weapon of your own that you can wield to win your struggle.

Why do you think taking control over the meaning of a word counts?

Test Result Talk: What Different Ways Can a Patient Receive a Result?

Test Result Talk: What Different Ways Can a Patient Receive a Result?

One’s health can be a pretty precarious thing to address. Usually, when someone feels that something is wrong, we go to a doctor, undergo some tests, and wait for the result. When it comes to dealing with something incredibly challenging like waiting to get a result of a doctor’s appointment that may possibly carry bad news, are there other ways to receive it?

Actually, there are

When it comes to getting the results of an examination, our choices are no longer as linear as they used to be. We would like to emphasize that while you are able to receive your results in a variety of ways, you will still need to return to your physician. It is always best to get a follow-up to see if there is anything else that needs to be done.

Nowadays, your chosen healthcare professional can get results to you in several ways. Here are some of them:

Email

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Results can now be received through your computer or phone. Your physician can send you your test results along with any instruction to return for additional testing, necessary treatments, or a comprehensive explanation of your results. A lot of the time, however, patients tend to not check their mail effectively. There are certain times when critical emails are sent to the spam folder.

While email is an swift method, it may not entirely be effective.

Phone Call

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If you’re the type of person that would rather be told things rather than be asked to read something, you can hand over your phone number to your physician. From there, they will be able to give you the result of your testing. They can also give you better tips on what comes next. This is one of the biggest reasons why getting a result via phone call is one of the preferred methods.

Via a Family Member

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If you would prefer to have the news broken to you by a trusted family member (or a friend) you can have them speak to your physician. That way, your healthcare specialist will know and can sufficiently guide the messenger how to best break the news.

Before You Go

You do have a choice when it comes to how you choose to receive your news. There are a lot of options waiting for you—all you have to do is choose. The method you choose should be something you are wholly comfortable with. What is more important is not how you receive the message; it is what you choose to do with the message once you have received it.

How would you choose to receive a patient result?