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February 7, 1948

PALLIATIVE TREATMENT OF THE PATIENT WITH ADVANCED CANCER

Author Affiliations

Boston

From the Pondville Hospital (Massachusetts Department of Public Health), Walpole, Mass., and the Tumor Clinic of the Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston.

JAMA. 1948;136(6):391-396. doi:10.1001/jama.1948.72890230001007
Abstract

Many thousands of patients with cancer are being cured each year with the resources already at the command of physicians, but there are just as many who are not cured. The very existence of each of these uncured patients drives home the fact that possibly some physician did too little or saw the patient too late or possibly the patient had a type of cancer in which there was only a remote chance of cure, whatever or whenever it was done. Every death from cancer is indicative of failure somewhere along the line; failure to teach patients to come early for advice, failure of the physician to act quickly and thoroughly or failure of the members of the medical profession to find the cause of and a sure cure for all cancers. Since this is true the attitude of the physician who is dealing with a patient with advanced cancer

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