Three members of a cancer specialist team advise a patient on possible treatment procedures; the patient's wife has been moved to tears by the news; a chest x-ray is visible in the background. Verso: WHO/11023. France-Cancer. The basic Troika gets to work. In a special issue World Health sets out to show how cancer, the world's second leading cause of deat, is being fought. The treatment of cancer varies from one patient to the next; it is no longer the responsisbility of a single doctor, but has to be decided jointly by a team. Our photos show how such a team works togther at the Gustavo Roussy Institute at Villerjuif near Paris and how the various specialists each play their part in treating the same patients. Fear brings tears and is all too often the result of out-of-date notions about what doctors can and cannot do. A cancer detected in time, nowdays will in vary many cases yield to one or other of the powerful weapons at the disposal of medicine. The team has the responsibility of explaining the facts of the matter to the family.
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World Health Organization; Source: Record; Research date: 20151009