From many different perspectives on cancer – as patient, family member, physician, care-giver or researcher – the language we often use evokes the image of cancer as a war. As we try to be resilient, determined and aggressive in the struggle with cancer, it is accurate to make this connection? More importantly, is it helpful to think in this way, or does it miss something important about understanding and coming to terms with this condition? Are there more useful or constructive analogies we can use to think about and talk about it? This time around we will be talking about the word “battling”.