While the attack on cancer proceeds on a variety of research levels, the practicing physician is primarily concerned with the earliest possible recognition of the disease and the most effective therapeutic management of the diagnosed case with the tools at his disposal. The report, "End Results and Mortality Trends in Cancer," a National Cancer Institute monograph,1 indicates the status of clinical management of cancer patients at the end of the 1950's. It provides a baseline against which to measure the progress we hope to make as new diagnostic and therapeutic techniques are developed, tested, and introduced into medical practice. The analysis of the survival experience of cancer patients is supplemented by an extensive report on cancer mortality trends in the United States during the period 1930-1955.
The report summarizes the experience of more than 125,000 cancer patients, and is the product of a collaborative effort by 99 hospitals, representing