In my recent post, “Permission,” I made the statement that cancer is a chronic illness.  It has been called to my attention that this statement is inaccurate due to its incompleteness and could as such cause unnecessary concern, especially for cancer patients.  In regards to cancer and chronicity, what would be more precise (and empowering) to say is that for many oncology patients, cancer is a one-time occurrence, and therefore obviously not “chronic.”  For others, because of advances in modern medicine (both conventional and complementary), recurrence is no longer necessarily considered terminal.  Thus, what was once perceived as a “death sentence” can now be considered and treated as a chronic condition, recurrences effectively managed by appropriate and timely health interventions.

In regards to my blog post entitled “Permission,” I deleted the sentence about chronicity altogether as it was ultimately unnecessary within the text.