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September 22, 1993

Breast Cancer: A View From the Trenches

JAMA. 1993;270(12):1424. doi:10.1001/jama.1993.03510120046021

To the Editor.  —Dr Love1 makes some excellent suggestions as to how the Department of Defense can spend $210 million on breast cancer research.However, the remarks at the end of her Commentary can only be described as insulting and gratuitous: "The current approaches to breast cancer, surgery, radiation, and chemotherapy (slash, burn, and poison) are crude and inadequate."Many of us out here "in the trenches" care deeply about breast cancer. But until Love convinces the government to spend its money on prevention, we must deal with these patients using the only methods available to us, however crude and inadequate they may be. We spend a good portion of our time and energies helping patients overcome this terrible disease, and we do not appreciate having our efforts demeaned by Love's ill-chosen words.