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November 17, 1951

Gynecologic Cancer

JAMA. 1951;147(12):1181. doi:10.1001/jama.1951.03670290089037

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The author justifiably points out the ready accessibility to diagnosis and surgical attack of most gynecologic cancers. He indicates his preference for a definition of "cure" as "freedom from subjective or objective evidence from cancer after an interval of five years." To the author, 10 years seems too long for the practical purpose of assaying treatment in patients of the cancer age. Therefore, all "cure" rates mentioned in the text are calculated on the basis of five years of survival without symptoms or signs. The choice of the word "cure" seems unfortunate, since most authorities prefer the term "survival" because of the wide variations in individual response of patients and tumors. Otherwise, the text is excellently conceived, well written, and well illustrated.

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