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July 26, 1902

OPERATION FOR RECURRENCE OF CANCER AFTER HYSTERECTOMY.

Author Affiliations

Professor of Abdominal Surgery and Gynecology, Tufts University. BOSTON, MASS.

JAMA. 1902;XXXIX(4):193-198. doi:10.1001/jama.1902.52480300017002b
Abstract

FREQUENCY OF RECURRENCE.  Sad and discouraging is the fact that a very large number of cases of cancer of the uterus recur after a variable time subsequent to the removal of the organ by hysterectomy. Nevertheless, this is not a reason for abandoning the operation, which certainly saves a great many cases, prolongs the life of more and mitigates the sufferings and grants a comparative euthanasia to the rest.Early diagnosis, immediate surgical interference and more thorough methods of operating are constantly giving better results. Just as in mammary cancer the modern methods of removing the contents of the axilla and all the tissues between the axillary glands and the mamma, together with the subjacent muscles, as well as the whole breast and overlying skin, have vastly improved the final results, so the thorough operation for hysterectomy in cases of cancer, with dissection of the space at the bifurcation of

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