Maurie Markman, MD
It was my exposure to patients with cancer during my time as an internal medicine trainee in the 1970s that led me to pursue a career in medical oncology. Perhaps the most impactful part of this experience was the opportunity to observe firsthand how patients with ovarian cancer were affected by an experimental drug just entering the clinical trials arena at that time. The agent was cisplatin, a drug requiring hospital admission, extensive monitoring, and intensive medical care for potentially debilitating adverse effects. More than one commentator has noted that cisplatin is responsible for providing the single greatest strikingly negative image of chemotherapy among patients, their families, and society at large.
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