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Title: Assessing the curability of cancer
Author: Lees, T. W.
Awarding Body: University of Edinburgh
Current Institution: University of Edinburgh
Date of Award: 1953
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The object of this thesis is to examine the methods of analysis of the treatment of cancer in an attempt to explain the apparent discrepancy between what is claimed for cancer treatment and what is achieved by cancer treatment. The thesis will be in seven parts: I.) The Difficulties in Evaluating the Value of Cancer Treatment will be examined. These mainly arise from the difficulty in diagnosing cancer and in assessing the degree of malignancy of a known cancer. Unless there is definition of what is being cured the results of treatment are largely indefinite. II.) The Claims for the Curability of Cancer will be discussed and the conclusion will be reached that treatment does not "cure" cancer but at the most prolongs life. III.) The present day Concept of Cancer Behaviour is criticised as are the conclusions relative to treatment which, are based on that concept. An attempt to alter this concept will be made in order to provide an acceptable basis for analysing the behaviour of treated or untreated cancer. IV.) An Index or Formula to Summarise Cancer Behaviour is therefore necessary. The criteria for evolving an accurate index of cancer behaviour will be examined. V.) The Present Methods of Analysing Cancer Behaviour and the Results of Treatment will be criticised and particularly the fallacies of the "five year survival rate" as an index. VI.) An Attempt to Evolve an Accurate and Sensitive Index of Cancer Behaviour will be made. This index it is hoped will o\Tereonie as many as possible of the drawbacks of present methods of analysis. VII.) Discussion and Summary.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (M.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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