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  • 60th Anniversary Edition of CancerSupplement to Cancer

    C O M M E N T A R Y

    Happy 60th Birthday, Cancer !Raphael E. Pollock, MD, PhD


    F ew scientific or medical journals have enjoyed continuous publi-cation for the past 60 years; of these, even fewer have had theimpact on an entire disease system as that enjoyed by Cancer,

    whose first issue appeared in 1948. World War II had recently ended,

    the Cold War was just beginning, and computers, cell phones, the

    Internet, 9/11, and so many other vectors of change were beyond

    the ken of anyone except perhaps authors of science fiction. Cancer

    care, when given, was the province of surgeons and the occasional

    radiologist who had a radiotherapeutic bent. Systemic therapy was

    in its infancy as agents, such as nitrogen mustard, made the transi-

    tion from the military to the civilian arena, whereas others began

    the journey from the proverbial bench to the bedside.

    It was a brave decision for the American Cancer Society to begin

    publishing a new journal, especially because, even the word cancer

    was taboo in everyday parlance at that time. For many years, Cancer

    was the only publication devoted exclusively to oncology; and, even

    in the first year of its publication, reports involving authors from

    more than one area of specialization were included, setting the stage

    for the multidisciplinary clinical and research collaborations that are

    the hallmark of progress in contemporary oncology.

    Several months ago, the Editorial Board of Cancer decided to

    honor this journal in its 60th anniversary publication year by prepar-

    ing a special commemorative issue. Each section editor was given

    the latitude to decide on a report that would highlight that compo-

    nent of oncology in which they are expert. What resulted is a re-

    markable collection of articles, including state-of-the-art reviews,

    historical perspectives, classical reports revisited, and speculations

    about what the future may hold in store for us. I hope that you find

    the contents of this special anniversary issue as enjoyable to read as

    it was for us to prepare!

    2008 American Cancer SocietyDOI 10.1002/cncr.23740Published online 17 September 2008 in Wiley InterScience (www.interscience.wiley.com).



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