Cancer Research, Statistics, and Treatment

LETTER TO THE EDITOR
Year
: 2021  |  Volume : 4  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 767--768

Authors' reply to Ghosh et al. and Biswas


Koushik Chatterjee1, Amitabh Ray2, Arup Chakraborty3,  
1 Department of Radiation Oncology, IPGMER and SSKM Hospitals, Kolkata, West Bengal, India
2 Ruby Cancer Centre and HCG Hospital, Kolkata, West Bengal, India
3 Department of Community Medicine, Medical College and Hospital, Kolkata, West Bengal, India

Correspondence Address:
Arup Chakraborty
Department of Community Medicine, Medical College and Hospital, MCH Building 4th Floor, 88, College Street, Kolkata - 700 073, West Bengal
India




How to cite this article:
Chatterjee K, Ray A, Chakraborty A. Authors' reply to Ghosh et al. and Biswas.Cancer Res Stat Treat 2021;4:767-768


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Chatterjee K, Ray A, Chakraborty A. Authors' reply to Ghosh et al. and Biswas. Cancer Res Stat Treat [serial online] 2021 [cited 2022 Aug 11 ];4:767-768
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We thank Ghosh and Bhattacharjee[1] and Biswas[2] for their comments on our article titled, “Patterns of smoking among oncologists of Eastern India: A questionnaire-based survey” and the accompanying editorial.[3],[4] In this study, we endeavored to understand the depth of smoking as a social evil, right at the source of the institution called the medical fraternity. Oncologists are supposed to be the leaders in the campaign against smoking. In the introduction section of our article, we have clarified that doctors are products of the same society they live and grow up in. Our study was an attempt to show our fellow oncologists the mirror and create evidence that our fraternity too is not immune to social adversities.

Having said that, there is also emerging evidence to suggest that doctors who smoke are not less likely to support quitting campaigns compared to their non-smoking colleagues.[5] They might be less likely to counsel but are more likely to refer patients to smoking cessation programs. Therefore, we feel they are better left unjudged.

Nevertheless, we welcome the observations of Ghosh et al. regarding this article. Even though we have clarified most of the concerns raised by them in the discussion section of our article, we would like to appreciate their self-depracating wordplay in the title of their beautifully nuanced letter. We invite them to collaborate with us for a bigger study on this issue which, we are sure, would generate more salubrious responses from our community.

We would also like to sincerely appreciate the inputs provided by Dr. Biswas, in his response to our article. It has more than enriched us on the matter we are all concerned about.

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Conflicts of interest

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