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Comment & Response
January 8, 2014

Changing the Terminology of Cancer—Reply

Author Affiliations
  • 1University of California Carol Franc Buck Breast Care Center, San Francisco
  • 2University of Texas Health Science Center, San Antonio
  • 3Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, Seattle, Washington
JAMA. 2014;311(2):203. doi:10.1001/jama.2013.283385

In Reply Dr Capurso compares our discussion of cancer terminology to myocardial infarction and stroke. However, unlike the example of a small, low-grade prostate cancer that is seen in the majority of men but rarely causes harm,1 myocardial infarction and stroke are indicative of a physiological and pathological process that, left untreated, has a high risk of morbidity or mortality. Thus, maintaining the nomenclature of myocardial infarction, for example, is important to determine treatment.