What do you think about the Title?

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it is straight to the point.. convincing for me
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I think the title sends a positive message to the possible readers. Ideas such as: "Cancer can be fought." "Don't give up." "Give the best of you until the end if necessary." pop into my mind when I read this title.
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The title appeals to me because I had a friend who lost a father to cancer and the fact that this book is titled Winning the War on Cancer symbolises hope for future. It also inspires hope to those who may have lost it.
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Sorry to hear about that
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well, basically the title is outstanding. I mean who has thought of taking the "war" back to "cancer" and most importantly winning that particular "war"! it would be rude if I said that the title is kind of sarcastic, or rather filled with sadism, because it does make the reader optimistic, and enthusiastic at the same time, to know how does "cancer" really loose this particular war? In a sum up, if it were for grading or something, i'd give it an A grading for it creates something in the reader for the book. it is an appealing title.
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I lost two sisters in rapid succession to cancer so I kind of understand the emotional effect the title could have on those who have felt the devastation of this disease! Perhaps a better title could have been Fighting The War on Cancer. I wasn't particularly offended by it but others could have been.
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I know the title is meant to be inspiring and hopeful, but I do agree that it's also misleading.
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I agree with you..It is the first and foremost thing readers see so it shoulf be good.
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I think the title is good, it's straight to the point and has a positive feeling to it, even though the topic itself of course isn't.
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Post by scbmckay »

I like the title. When I first read it I was thinking "winning the war on cancer". Unfortunately, not every battle in cancer is won, but each battle is closer to winning the war.
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I think the tittle is great, first thing that comes to mind is overcoming cancer
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Post by The_book_of_t »

I completely understand your point, and I have to agree with you. The word ‘winning’, in this case, suggests that the author believes that the overall battle with cancer is coming to a conclusion.
Yet, I initially thought the wording of the title possibly suggests a personal experience of battling cancer. And a joyful conclusion to personal illness.
You asked wether we think it could give faulse hope to seriously ill cancer patients. My thought is, in desperation all of us would cling to faulse hope, no matter how it seems to outsiders. The title could give, possibly, terminally ill people faulse ideas, yet a subtitle or blurb could change them. :ugeek2:
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To me, the title is very broad and could mean a myriad of things. So, in my case, I wouldn't pick up the book if I saw it in a bookstore, because so much has been written on cancer. There has to be some sort of catch to a title, right?
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As a person who has recently lost someone to cancer, the title undoubtedly made me feel otherwise. Basically, it only brought about feelings of skepticism. I admit that this has made me want to stray away from the book, since the positivity the author wished to convey only rubbed me the wrong way. However, this is only my opinion. It may be different for others because the title gives off some sort of hope, and I respect that.
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Post by Choine »

I think the title states the goal of those behind the research. I didn't see it as a claim that we have already won.
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