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August 29, 2019

Relieving Physical and Psychosocial Pain in Patients With Cancer—The Search for Enlightened Academic Medical Leaders

Author Affiliations
  • 1Department of Palliative, Rehabilitation, & Integrative Medicine, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston
JAMA Oncol. Published online August 29, 2019. doi:10.1001/jamaoncol.2019.3353

Patients with advanced cancer develop multiple devastating physical and psychosocial symptoms. This is the case now, as it was 35 years ago.1,2 In 1984, I practiced medical oncology (mainly breast and genitourinary) at the Cross Cancer Institute in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. Assessments included nuclear medicine scans and simple computed tomography, histologic and simple immunohistochemical analyses, and a few blood marker tests. Treatment included hormonal therapies and a small number of chemotherapy drugs.