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Comment & Response
July 3, 2019

Analysis of Pathologic Complete Response 10 Weeks After Radiotherapy—A Radiobiological Sin

Author Affiliations
  • 1Alabama Cancer Care and Northeast Alabama Regional Medical Center, Anniston
JAMA Oncol. Published online July 3, 2019. doi:10.1001/jamaoncol.2019.1879

To the Editor In 2004, the late, great Roger Ebert penned one of his best reviews for Mel Gibson’s The Passion of the Christ.1 Ebert posited how Christians violate their own beliefs if they argue that Jews killed Jesus; all men (via their sin), Ebert argued, killed Jesus. To count how many non–small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) cells radiotherapy killed (ie, the pathologic complete response [pCR]) at 10 weeks after radiotherapy (RT) violates radiobiological beliefs.2