Medicine: Cancer Bureaus

Doctors sometimes call a benign tumor a cancer. Other times they do not recognize a cancer until after the patient's death. The ratio of incorrect diagnoses is 10%. Every suspected case of cancer in a community should be referred to a central cancer bureau such as exist in Buffalo, Boston, Philadelphia. So recommended Dr. James Ewing, Manhattan cancer specialist, last week. Those bureaus have clinical and pathological experts who review a cancer diagnosis before the surgeon operates or a radiologist burns away the excrescent tissues. Thus they can prevent many a useless operation,...

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