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The basis of a sound regional cancer program is a systematic plan of professional education. The support which nonprofessional people contribute through the raising of funds, aiding in the establishment of clinics, organizing and promoting lay education, and providing service to cancer patients should not be underestimated. All of these will be of little avail, however, if physicians are unable to take advantage of the most modern methods and discoveries in the detection and treatment of cancer.
The initial step should be taken by the most comprehensive medical organization in the particular region. This should consist in the appointment from the membership of this society of a cancer committee. If other societies exist which are co-equal in their sphere of influence, their cooperation should be sought in the establishment of such a committee. The first responsibility of such a committee is the establishment of a central record registration for all
Ryan AJ. FUNDAMENTALS OF A REGIONAL CANCER PROGRAM. JAMA. 1951;146(15):1386–1388. doi:10.1001/jama.1951.03670150020007
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