No one need be afraid of the word cancer. In clinical practice to say that a person has cancer gives as little information about the possible course of his disease as to say that he has an infection. There are dangerous infections that may be fatal and there are harmless infections that are self-limited or may disappear. The same is true of cancers. Cancer is not a single entity. It is a broad spectrum of diseases related to each other only in name. It is no harder to live with these various types of cancer, no worse to die with them than with many other diseases.
Dr. George Crile ends his article saying that "[L]ife is change and growth. Cancer is a part of life."
[Life, October 31, 1955, p.128-130]