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March 26, 1997

Medical Literature Made EasyQuerying Databases on the Internet

Author Affiliations

From the National Cancer Institute, Bethesda, Md (Dr Sikorski; e-mail: rss@nchgr.nih.gov); and the Department of Medicine, Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School, Boston, Mass (Dr Peters, e-mail: rhp@solvig.med.harvard.edu).

JAMA. 1997;277(12):959-960. doi:10.1001/jama.1997.03540360027013

In the new patient clinic, an oncology fellow sees a 60-year-old man who was diagnosed with gastric cancer 1 year earlier. The patient underwent surgical resection and reports that all of his tumor was removed. He has had no medical care in the interim. Since the fellow does not see many patients with gastric cancer in the clinic, he is unsure of the current treatment recommendations. Does the patient need follow-up computed tomographic (CT) scans? If so, how often? Would adjuvant chemotherapy be beneficial for this type of cancer? After seeing the patient, the physician decides to use the Internet to perform a literature search on the topic.