A ‘battle’ or a ‘journey’? A large-scale study of metaphors for cancer
Session type: Parallel sessions
Violence metaphors for cancer (including 'battle', 'fight', 'war') are used conventionally in English, but have been criticised for their potentially harmful consequences for patients. In recent policy documents in the UK (e.g. the NHS 2007 Cancer Reform Strategy), they have been avoided in favour of the notion of cancer as a 'journey' with clinical 'pathways' delineated as models of care.