Good cancer. Is there such a thing? To many of us, there is no good cancer. After all, we all know someone who has died from this disease. But some doctors like to label certain cancers as “good” cancers.
Derided by some survivors and embraced by others, the phrase “good cancer” surged in use as cure rates rose for some malignancies, pushing that upbeat description into the fervent world of cancer language.
It is a linguistic domain ruled by both persona and perspective, where one patient’s rosy mantra can clash with another patient’s pragmatic prose, where the etiquette of expression often depends on who’s talking — or who’s listening.
Thyroid cancer, which is slower growing and often less aggressive than other malignancies, gained the “good cancer” label because patients who are diagnosed at early stages of various subtypes have a “near 100 percent” five-year survival rate.
That cheery depiction is also commonly applied to Hodgkin lymphoma. Patients who are diagnosed at early stages of that blood cancer have five-year survival rates of about 90 percent. Among patients diagnosed at stage 4, well more than half are alive five years later.
Humans have faced adversity from the beginning of time. One could reasonably argue that we have never had it as good as now. Our ancestors faced far worse adversity than challenges us. Whether you are currently faced with an overwhelming health condition or your business is faltering, utilizing these ancient mental techniques can fundamentally alter your life.
What the Greeks Got Right
A form of living called Stoicism is perhaps one of the most famous and prominent mental models from the ancient Greek era. The city states of Thebes, Sparta, and Athens produced numerous Stoic thinkers who had the following to say about adversity: