When Wendy Van de Bogart was diagnosed with stage 3, HER-2 positive breast cancer, she asked her oncologist whether her treatment plan was to get rid of the cancer or just make her comfortable.
"We're not treating this palliatively," she remembers him saying. "It's just to kill the cancer. We're giving you everything to fight it with everything we've got."
But while she received chemotherapy, a mastectomy, radiation and preventative medications, she also received palliative care. She just didn't realize it because nobody used the term.
"It's probably a good thing, because I would have thought I was on my way out the door," says the Canton...