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Changing the Terminology of Cancer—Reply

Laura J. Esserman, MD, MBA1; Ian M. Thompson, MD2; Brian J. Reid, MD, PhD3
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1University of California Carol Franc Buck Breast Care Center, San Francisco
2University of Texas Health Science Center, San Antonio
3Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, Seattle, Washington
JAMA. 2014;311(2):203. doi:10.1001/jama.2013.283385.
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In Reply Dr Capurso compares our discussion of cancer terminology to myocardial infarction and stroke. However, unlike the example of a small, low-grade prostate cancer that is seen in the majority of men but rarely causes harm,1 myocardial infarction and stroke are indicative of a physiological and pathological process that, left untreated, has a high risk of morbidity or mortality. Thus, maintaining the nomenclature of myocardial infarction, for example, is important to determine treatment.


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January 8, 2014
Noah A. Capurso, MD
1Department of Psychiatry, Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut
JAMA. 2014;311(2):202. doi:10.1001/jama.2013.283379.
January 8, 2014
R. Brooks Robey, MD
1White River Junction Veterans Affairs Medical Center, White River Junction, Vermont
JAMA. 2014;311(2):202-203. doi:10.1001/jama.2013.283382.
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