Activity ID



October 31, 2021

Format Type

Journal-based CME

CME Credit



CME Provider

American Medical Association


Despite the prodigious medical literature on cancer care, some patients rely on celebrity narratives as frameworks for understanding their experiences of cancer and as benchmarks for decision making. Regardless of whether these narratives are appropriate sources of health information for patients, it has been shown that celebrity narratives influence patterns of care. Three cases—John McCain, Angelina Jolie, and Jimmy Carter—are presented to illustrate how media coverage of cancer can have unforeseen consequences on individual patients exposed to these kinds of stories. For this reason, clinicians should become familiar with these narratives and comfortable with discussing how celebrity narratives can shape patients’ views and decisions.


1. This activity is part of the AMA Journal of Ethics.
2. This activity is free to AMA members.

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Educational Objectives

1. Explain a new or unfamiliar viewpoint on a topic of ethical or professional conduct.
2. Evaluate the usefulness of this information for his or her practice, teaching, or conduct.
3. Decide whether and when to apply the new information to his or her practice, teaching, or conduct.


Ethics, Oncology


Medical Knowledge, Professionalism

CME Credit Type

AMA PRA Category 1 Credit

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