The word “wish” seems to imply something we really want, but does it also suggest that some things are beyond our reach? Does Wishing for things in the context of cancer-care more often refer to the everyday care patients and family members expect from our clinicians, or the biggest things we can imagine? Does the fact that this word has these two quite different meanings make it less useful or less helpful to us, making small things we expect in care, treatment and support seem more like pipe-dreams?

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