We are a group of medical professionals, linguists, and philosophers. Our goal is to investigate, model and test the semantic power of the word 'cancer' in diagnosis delivery and treatment decisions. We hope that a better understanding of these issues can help minimize physician/patient miscommunication, reduce overtreatment, and improve patient experiences.
Dr. Crompton is a cancer surgeon at UCLA; his research is centered on de-escalating morbid and unnecessary operations for cancer patients.
Dr. Rett is a linguist at UCLA whose research focuses on the meaning of words and sentences, and how meanings change from context to context.
Rajam Raghunathan is a general surgeon, current endocrine surgery research fellow at UCLA, and a former assistant professor of philosophy. Her research interests lie at the intersection of epistemology, language, the philosophy of action, and surgery.
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