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January 2, 1954


Author Affiliations

New York

From the Department of Dermatology, College of Physicians and Surgeons, Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center.

JAMA. 1954;154(1):21-22. doi:10.1001/jama.1954.02940350023005

For 25 years we have been using both radiotherapy and surgery for the treatment of skin cancer. After treating thousands of patients during this long period, we still use both. Both methods are good, both are reliable in experienced hands, and both regularly produce a perfect cure on scheduled time. Sometimes one method is more suitable than the other; sometimes a combination may be used, or one can use electrosurgical methods. The modern dermatologist is experienced in all of these modalities. There are many reasons why x-ray therapy is used so widely for skin cancer. In the first place, it is successful. It is also painless and bloodless. These facts appeal to patients, especially those who are old or in poor health. From a scientific viewpoint radiation treatment also has advantages. It is possible to cover a wider field about the edges of the cancer than that usually accomplished with

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