Shine a Light or Back to the Basement?

  • Matthew S. Katz
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    Department of Radiation Medicine, Lowell General Hospital, Lowell, Massachusetts
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      It is an exciting time to be in radiation oncology. Molecular medicine is improving our understanding of cancer. Technical advances and research continue to make radiation an effective, essential part of cancer care. However, as I finished reading the reactions on Twitter to the Public Broadcasting System's documentary “Cancer: The Emperor of All Maladies” in late March, I found myself thinking, “We may be headed back to the basement.”
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