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May 10, 1947

SUPERVOLTAGE ROENTGEN THERAPY OF CARCINOMA OF THE ESOPHAGUS

Author Affiliations

Seattle

From the Tumor Institute, Swedish Hospital.

JAMA. 1947;134(2):127-130. doi:10.1001/jama.1947.02880190015005
Abstract

To enter again the discussion of roentgen therapy of epidermoid carcinoma of the esophagus with the limited material at our disposal may well appear as a symptom of monomania. The purpose of this discussion, however, is only an attempt to overcome the attitude of defeatism which apparently prevails in the medical profession at large as well as in the minds of surgeons and even many radiotherapists in regard to any therapy of esophageal carcinoma.

This conviction that nothing can be done for an esophageal carcinoma is reflected in the histories of those patients who are finally referred for radiation therapy or come on their own accord when feeding becomes entirely impossible. It would probably still be more impressive if we knew how many patients with a possibly curable carcinoma of the esophagus are never given the opportunity of even an appraisal of their chance by radiotherapy.

In spite of our

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