When doctors are taught to give bad news, they are told not to skirt around the issue. It is important to come right out and say it. The words matter.
What I don’t think they are told is that the good words matter too. Part of my struggle has been that the doctors don’t seem to come out and say the words – You are cancer free or your are NED (no evidence of disease). They say things like you are doing fine, come back and see me in 3-months or 6-months. But sometimes, we as patients, just need to hear the words. None of this implying them, but not actually saying them. We need our doctors to say the words, cause the words matter.