Study finds patients mock cancer to help them cope

Laughter really is the best medicine for cancer patients, new research suggests. Referring to their condition as 'Mr C', their colostomy bag as 'baggy' and even oncologists as 'the Wizard of Onc' helps patients get a handle on their illness and bond with other sufferers, a study analysing 1.5 million online forum posts found.Many also use metaphors as coping mechanisms, such as referring to their tumour as a 'beast', their treatment as a 'marathon' and their experience as 'hell', the research...