Three Phrases You and Your Doctor Avoid

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As a patient, do you have the audacity to suggest you have one of these ailments that will shock your doctor?

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Physicians can be very good at connecting the dots. If symptoms A and B then C. Expressions that concern many doctors are “autoimmune disorder,” “systemic,” and “metastasize.” The reason is there is very little they can do to cure either condition. (There are promising new drugs that slow progression of some types of metastatic cancers.) Another reason is that many diseases in these categories are rare—seldom coming up in clinical practice.

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