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Framing cancer as a kind of war within our bodies can also seriously harm a persons emotional psyche. Who wants to go to war with themselves? radiation oncologist Edward Halperin, of New York Medical College, writesin the journal Practical Radiation Oncology. How is it ever helpful to think of oneself as a victim who was randomly attacked and now youre trying to kill your assailant in order to survive? For some, the war imagery, the determination to hit hard and hit fast, can be empowering, he and others acknowledge. Some cancer patients may perceive themselves as a soldier going to war, Halperin said. But surely not all do.
NYMC Leadership: Edward C. Halperin, M.D., M.A., chancellor and chief executive officer