Do patients with advanced cancer value the physical examination?


  • Daniel P. Hunt MD

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    1. Harvard Medical School; Hospital Medicine Unit, Inpatient Clinician Educator Service, Department of Medicine, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, Massachusetts
    • Corresponding author: Daniel P. Hunt, MD, Massachusetts General Hospital, 50 Staniford Street, Suite 503B, Boston, MA 02114; Fax: (617) 724-9428;

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  • See referenced original article on pages 2215–21, this issue.


Patients with advanced cancer still value the physical examination, according to the study by Kadakia et al. The exam serves both pragmatic and symbolic purposes for patients.