Before a patient who has been treated for cancer is discharged from the hospital he should be reassured concerning his condition, because too many persons believe that cancer represents a hopeless condition and that nothing can be done for it, which, of course, is contrary to the facts.
Most patients with cancer who have been seen early and who have had adequate therapy are well, should be reassured of this fact so that they will not fear the persistence of the malignant growth. Even the patient who has had a palliative procedure or in whom a cure was not possible should be reassured about his condition unless there is some definite indication for his being told the true facts.
The person who has been treated for cancer should report back to the attending physician at regular intervals for subsequent observation and examination. In this way, the recurrence of the neoplasm
OCHSNER A. CARE OF THE CANCER PATIENT AFTER HE RETURNS HOME. JAMA. 1948;137(18):1582. doi:10.1001/jama.1948.82890520001004