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March 17, 2010

Caring for Patients With Cancer

Author Affiliations

Author Affiliations: Division of Hematology/Oncology, University of Alabama at Birmingham (Dr Pasche); and Department of Medicine, Rush University Medical Center, Chicago, Illinois (Dr McNutt). Drs Pasche and McNutt are Contributing Editors and Dr Fontanarosa (phil.fontanarosa@jama-archives.org) is Executive Deputy Editor, JAMA.

JAMA. 2010;303(11):1094-1095. doi:10.1001/jama.2010.285

Despite the declaration of the “war on cancer” nearly 40 years ago,1 efforts of dedicated physicians and other clinicians who provide care for patients with cancer, billions of dollars in funding for cancer research, and increased public attention and interest in early cancer detection, cancer remains a leading cause of death worldwide, accounting for nearly 7 million deaths annually.2 In the United States, cancer is the second leading cause of death, and in 2009, accounted for an estimated 270 000 deaths among US women and 293 000 deaths among US men.3

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