To the Editor:—
The tendency of some tumors to lie dormant for long periods of time yields a few isolated reports of long-term survival, but in the present case tumor recurred 40 years after the initial treatment.
Report of a Case:—
The patient was admitted to Taylor Hospital in October 1962 with a history of a large mass on the right side of his neck which had appeared at the age of 1 1/2 years. This was first seen at Presbyterian Hospital in Philadelphia in September 1922 and diagnosed clinically as "fibrosarcoma." Between February and May of 1923 he received x-ray therapy of unknown dosage. On June 26, 1923, part of the growth was removed surgically and a pathologic diagnosis of "low-grade fibrosarcoma" was established (Fig 1).He was subsequently treated with radium from July 1923 to March 1924 at Oncologic Hospital in Philadelphia. Ten individual exposures included two insertions
Hume HA, Stevens LW, Erb WH. Fibrosarcoma Recurrent After Forty Years. JAMA. 1967;202(1):71. doi:10.1001/jama.1967.03130140129032