ALLAN P. FREEDMAN, M.D.; LAWRENCE JURKOWITZ, M.D.
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To the editor: We read with great interest the article, "Hypercalcemia Associated with Neoplastic Disease," by F. M. Muggia and H. O. Heinemann, in the August 1970 issue of the ANNALS OF INTERNAL MEDICINE. The case described below elaborates on some of the moral and ethical issues raised in the treatment of hypercalcemia of malignancy.
Patient E.G. was a 34-year-old lady who had had a left radical mastectomy and an oophorectomy for breast cancer. When she was first seen by us, her liver was close to the pelvic brim, and she suffered from considerable abdominal pain. Treatment with cyclophosphamide and
FREEDMAN AP, JURKOWITZ L. Hypercalcemia of Malignancy: Ethics of Treatment. Ann Intern Med. ;75:481. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-75-3-481
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1971;75(3):481.
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