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The Manual for the Staging of Cancer

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Department of Oncology, Mayo Medical School; Rochester, Minnesota

Ann Intern Med. 1977;87(4):491-492. doi:10.7326/0003-4819-87-4-491
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Gertrude Stein may have said "a rose is a rose is a rose," but she never would have said "a cancer is a cancer is a cancer." Neither would anyone else who gave the complicated problem of cancer more than a passing thought. The complexity of the collection of more than one hundred separate diseases called cancer has made necessary the development of numerous systems of classification. These have been based on such characteristics as the organ or tissue of origin; the histologic cell type of the cancer; the grade of differentiation of the malignancy; its growth rate; the presence




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