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Caring for the Dying Patient With Lung Cancer*

Gerard A. Silvestri, MD, FCCP; Carol Sherman, MD; Todd Williams, MD; Swan-Swan Leong, MD; Patrick Flume, MD, FCCP; Andrew Turrisi, MD
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*From the Divisions of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine (Drs. Silvestri and Flume) and Medical Oncology (Drs. Sherman and Leong), and the Department of Radiation Oncology (Drs. Williams and Turrisi), Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston, SC.

Correspondence to: Gerard A. Silvestri MD, FCCP, Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine, Medical University of South Carolina, 171 Ashley Ave, Charleston, SC, 29425; e-mail: Silvestri@musc.edu



Chest. 2002;122(3):1028-1036. doi:10.1378/chest.122.3.1028
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Jeanne Stover, panel member, Clinical Practice Guideline Management of Cancer Pain, 1991–92

The Agency for Health Care Policy and Research published guidelines1 on management of cancer pain and dedicated the document to Jeanne Stover, a member of the panel that developed the guidelines. She had breast cancer for 23 years, 9 of them with metastatic disease, and died during her tenure as a panel member. She was like many others with similar problems. Approximately 1 million Americans will be receive a diagnosis of cancer this year. Nearly 8 million Americans have cancer or a history of cancer; half of these cases were diagnosed within the past 5 years. Cancer is the cause of death in approximately 1 of 10 people worldwide and 1 of 5 Americans. Fourteen hundred patients died of cancer each day in 1994.1

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