There’s more to Cancer

  • What are the concerns of the authors I’ve been reading?
  • What situations motivate them to write?
  • What frames or contexts do they use to construct their arguments?
  • What is my argument in response to their writing?
  • What is at stake in my argument?
  • Who will be interested in reading what I have to say?
  • How can I connect with both sympathetic and antagonistic readers?
  • What kinds of evidence will persuade my readers?
  • What objections are they likely to raise?

According to “From Inquiry to secondary writing” after inquiry you will discover that writing grows out of answering a few questions. (The questions were listed above). To answer these questions, you must read in the role of writer by doing 3 things, 1. Identity an issue, then 2. Understand the situation, and lastly 3. Form a question.

After my 2nd inquiry log I realized that it was time to take my questions into a new direction. It was so hard finding information around my group’s topic. Clearly we needed questions that could create a bigger picture. We were asked to find four new sources that may help with displaying a new angle on the inquiry proposal.

I realized how upsetting it could be to be diagnosed with any form of cancer. Whether it is less common, or more common I’m sure the news can make anyone feel uneasy. Then I thought back to the fact that the one particular cancer might be more publicized then others. I wondered how would it make me feel to know that what I’m going through isn’t receiving as much attention as I’d like. To feel like no one is out raising awareness on my behalf.

A video on Ted Talks caught my attention https://www.ted.com/talks/guy_winch_the_case_for_emotional_hygiene .One of the statements posed in the video was “We’ll go to the doctor when we feel flu-ish or a nagging pain. So why don’t we see a health professional when we feel emotional pain: guilt, loss, loneliness?” It made me think of how there needs to be more support for cancer patients and not just through extending cancer awareness. Doctors tend to focus on the bigger picture of curing cancer, it seems that they don’t take the time aside to check in on the patients mental/emotional well being after being diagnosed. Ultimately it’s up to the patient to pick himself or herself up and stay optimistic. Guy Winch a compelling case to practice emotional hygiene, which is taking care of our emotions, our minds, with the same diligence we take care of our bodies. The framing this author uses deals with the fact that people need to not only focus on physical setbacks but the mental/emotional ones need attention too.

An article http://link.springer.com.librarylink.uncc.edu/article/10.1007/s00520-003-0585-y/fulltext.html stuck out to me. It was about a large proportion of cancer patients tending to experience psychiatric morbidity. Predictors of psychiatric morbidity include patient disease-related factors and factors relating to the patient’s environment. The article was written around a health questionnaire given to Turkish cancer patients. “Psychiatric morbidity was significantly higher in the patients who knew that they had a cancer diagnosis. These findings suggest that the awareness of cancer diagnosis is related to the presence of psychiatric morbidity.” I learned that understanding of the diagnosis indirectly may be stressful to cancer patients and can arouse suspicion about the cancer and treatment, which can lead to psychiatric disturbance. Therefore “prior history of psychiatric disorder, the presence of pain and family support are determinants of vulnerability to psychiatric disorder during the course of cancer.” Effective and clear communication is essential to the physician–patient relationship in the care of cancer patients. Supporting systems through which patients can get more information and learn coping skills seems to be important when it comes to the mental/emotional well being of cancer patients. The author is framing this piece on the fact that there should be more support for cancer patients.

Going back to awareness of breast cancer I found another article in the Atkins Library database http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0748798313001935#. The article “Breast cancer awareness month: does it really increase the breast cancer risk awareness?” Breast cancer awareness month is an annual international health campaign organized by major breast cancer charities every October to increase awareness of the disease and to raise funds for research. Hospital nurses were given a survey to measure their knowledge pre breast cancer awareness vs after breast cancer awareness month. The entire month of breast cancer awareness failed to increase hospital staff’s awareness of breast cancer risk factors. Therefore you see that the knowledge of the public isn’t being enhanced by all the breast cancer marketing that comes with the month of October. So is the extra attention given to breast cancer really contributing to awareness and a means for funds to help with research? The author is framing this piece with the negative aspects of breast cancer awareness month.

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