Advanced Malignant Disease, Pain, Physical Deterioration, and Death

  • Eric Wilkes


It is natural enough for the oncologist to emphasize the genuine advances in cancer management that have been achieved over recent decades. This may be to some degree part of the protection of role that we now accept as an integral component of professional self-preservation in a competitive world, but in the case of the oncologist there is some well-validated supporting evidence for optimism and pride. It is, after all, now a truism that the prognosis of many of the rarer tumors— Hodgkin’s disease, the leukemias, testicular tumors, chorionic carcinoma—has changed beyond recognition over the last 30 years. It is true also that where we cannot reliably cure, the modern oncologists—medical, surgical, or radiation—can all point to advances in palliation. These have often increased the duration, but some would question on occasion the quality of life.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Eric Wilkes
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  1. 1.University of Sheffield Medical SchoolSheffieldEngland

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