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What do you think about the Title?

Post by briellejee » 01 Jan 2019, 20:58

I am curious as to what your reaction in seeing the title. As for me, I lost loved ones because of cancer; and seeing the "Winning the War on Cancer" as the title of the book made me not want to read the it since it sounded like it claims that its like a done deal, that we are actually winning it when in truth there is only an alternative that may or may not work.

I appreciate the author's intention of being positive using the word "winning", especially to those who are still battling with it. But for me, who had loved ones that lost to the war, it sounded a bit ridiculous to say "winning". I think it could have been "In Trying to Win the War on Cancer". A little longer but at least a bit practical.

What about your thoughts on the title? Do you think it's fine the way it is? Or do you think it gives a bit of false hope to some, especially in the later stages of cancer?
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Post by Funa » 01 Jan 2019, 23:13

Cancer has taken so much from so many people world wide . The title to me, represent hope to overcome. Hope that we can not only overcome the disease itself, but we can also overcome the losses and pain it causes.
I therefore see the title as befitting and accurate.

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Post by Mely918 » 01 Jan 2019, 23:48

The title appeals to me because I, too, have lost loved ones to cancer. I would love to see how the author believes we can win the war against the disease. Even though there's nothing we can do for those that have died from cancer, we can still do something for those currently fighting. I believe that's what the author means by "winning."

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Post by briellejee » 01 Jan 2019, 23:52

Funa wrote:
01 Jan 2019, 23:13
Cancer has taken so much from so many people world wide . The title to me, represent hope to overcome. Hope that we can not only overcome the disease itself, but we can also overcome the losses and pain it causes.
I therefore see the title as befitting and accurate.
Maybe I can see this perspective if I stare at it for long enough, but I was also referring to my first reaction when I saw the title. Thank you for your insight though, will bear it in mind! :tiphat:
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Post by Bavithra M » 02 Jan 2019, 00:43

The title is very good and very apt for the book. It also grabs the attention of the readers and induces an interest to read the book.
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Post by cvetelina_yovcheva87 » 02 Jan 2019, 02:04

The title gives optimism that the diagnosis is not a verdict. Till there.is hope, anything can be overcome.

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Post by nvii_ft » 02 Jan 2019, 02:51

Since it stated winning, so I guess it might mean that this book actually has a cure for cancer. I haven't read it but the title gave me some ideas that characters in the story found a way to either cope with cancer or cure cancer.

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Post by Ayat paarsa » 02 Jan 2019, 02:54

I think cancer is curable if caught at the beginning stage. It's not about a false hope.
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Post by cpru68 » 02 Jan 2019, 03:37

I looked at it as two ways of winning...combating the disease and letting the powers that be know that alternative medicine is just as important as traditional treatments that have shown a poor track record. The author is clear at the beginning about the “war” that has happened for those with sound supplements from natural substances and the lack of FDA excitement. The war is not only the one facing the diagnosis but the people who desire to cure the problem with sincerity versus greed. The war, whether we like it or not, is once again political. And the ones suffering are in the middle of the fight just trying to survive.
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Post by TuyetMai » 02 Jan 2019, 05:06

The title sure grabs my attention, though I must say I'm a bit skeptical since I haven't read the book yet. While I'm not sure how cancer patients would feel about the title, I know that it's important for any patient to maintain a positive attitude. If the book can give them some hope, even false hope, then I don't think it's such a bad thing.

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Post by briellejee » 02 Jan 2019, 05:37

TuyetMai wrote:
02 Jan 2019, 05:06
The title sure grabs my attention, though I must say I'm a bit skeptical since I haven't read the book yet. While I'm not sure how cancer patients would feel about the title, I know that it's important for any patient to maintain a positive attitude. If the book can give them some hope, even false hope, then I don't think it's such a bad thing.
I guess false hope is better than nothing. I must say that this actually got me to think twice about my perspective about the title. Thank you for this helpful insight! :tiphat:
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Post by melissah30 » 02 Jan 2019, 05:38

I think it was certainly planned to be an attention grabber. "Winning the war on" anything will already catch the attention of Americans who always hear about the war on drugs, the war on terrorism, etc.

As far as sensitivity towards those who have lost loved ones to cancer, I can definitely see how this could rub you the wrong way.
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Post by briellejee » 02 Jan 2019, 05:42

melissah30 wrote:
02 Jan 2019, 05:38
As far as sensitivity towards those who have lost loved ones to cancer, I can definitely see how this could rub you the wrong way.
Thank you for acknowledging my insight on this! :tiphat:
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Post by Browlyns » 02 Jan 2019, 07:38

I think the author meant to attract readers to his book. There are many people who are suffering or have lost loved ones to cancer, hence the title would catch the attention of many desperate victims and those who are willing to try new methods of fighting cancer.

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Post by stacie k » 02 Jan 2019, 09:30

I appreciate that the title imparts a sense of hope to the reader. We all need hope, whether the diagnosis comes to us personally or to someone we care about. The title makes me want to hear what the author has to say.
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