Harriet S.MeyerMD, Contributing EditorDavid H.MorseMS, Journal Review EditorRobertHoganMD, adviser for new media
In his preface and introduction, Dr Bitran argues that, because cancer is a disease that transcends specialties, all internists and primary care physicians must be informed and knowledgeable about oncology. In almost all cases it is the primary care physician who diagnoses cancer, makes appropriate referrals, manages intercurrent illnesses, follows the patient over time, and directs end-of-life care. The primary care physician must be alert to long-term complications and cancer recurrence and is legally mandated to counsel family members about their inherited cancer risk.
Primary Care, CancerExpert Guide to Oncology. JAMA. 2000;284(10):1306. doi:10.1001/jama.284.10.1306-JBK0913-5-1