The scope of surgical treatment of cancer has advanced almost to the limits of sacrifice of body tissues and organs. But a radical procedure should not be performed for the sake of radicality itself. Pack1 stated that emphasis must be put on what should be considered an adequate operation for the particular patient with cancer of a given extent. In their efforts to eradicate a cancerous lesion in its entirety and out of desperation for want of something better to do for the afflicted patient, surgeons will continue to divorce the patient from the multiple organs involved. No surgeon is convinced that surgically extirpative measures are the ultimate answer to the problems of cancer treatment. Extended and disabling operations will continue, however, even though surgeons know that they will afford cures for only a few. Many will be comforted, and, as Confucius said, "It is better to have a
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