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Editorial
January 12, 2011

The 2011 Cancer Theme IssueCall for Papers

Author Affiliations

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

JAMA. 2011;305(2):199. doi:10.1001/jama.2010.1973

Along with cancer specialists, such as medical and surgical oncologists and radiation therapists, physicians in virtually every medical specialty will continue to encounter and care for patients with cancer.1 With the current lifetime probability of being diagnosed with invasive cancer estimated at 38% for women and 44% for men,2 virtually all families have had or will have a family member who has been affected with or has died from this disease. Even though care for patients with cancer certainly has improved, many cancers are still associated with significant morbidity, often taking a devastating toll on physical functioning, quality of life, and emotional well-being.

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