What does it really mean to have lost the battle to cancer? So and so lost their fight - what does that actually mean? It implies they were weak somehow and that there was more they could do or have done. It's demeaning to the person who lost their lives to cancer. What distinguishes someone who 'won' vs someone who 'lost'? Can our thinking and will to live change what happens at a cellular level? No, or not according to science on a general level. So and so is a fighter and 'beat' cancer. What does that even mean? They did the same things those who lost did, but fortunately for them their body lives on. They didn't control their bodies at the level of the cell to fight off the 'evil' invader cancer.
I think the whole use of the saying "battle with cancer" should be eliminated and a new way of talking about it should be found. Does anyone have any ideas?