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At one time, not too long ago, the common pattern for a patient with a solid tumor was to be treated by a surgeon who removed the tumor and, if recurrence developed, to be given radiation therapy. The internist played only a small role. With the emergence of drugs initially used to treat the leukemias and lymphomas, internists, that is, hematologists, became familiar with those drugs and began to use them in their practice to treat patients with cancer. More recently a new specialty, medical oncology, has developed, with some links to hematology. With the new specialty has come a
Medical Oncology: An Advanced Course. A Self-Assessment Guide for Subspecialty Board Examinations and Practice.. Ann Intern Med. ;92:885–886. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-92-6-885_4
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1980;92(6):885-886.
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