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March 1962

Cancer of the Eyelid; Do's and Don'ts of Irradiation

Arch Ophthalmol. 1962;67(3):278-279. doi:10.1001/archopht.1962.00960020280002

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In treatment of cancers of the eyelid, as in the treatment of cancer elsewhere, a number of fundamental principles should be observed. First, the disease must be cured, and the cure be permanent. Secondly—and this is especially true of structures so cosmetically important as the eyelid and as functionally important as the eye—the cosmetic and functional result must be the best that can be achieved and the complications minimal or absent. Finally, the procedure should cost the patient as little in time, discomfort, disability, and money as is consistent with achievement of the principles.

Currently there are but two ways of dealing with cancer in a curative manner, by surgery and by irradiation. These methods of treatment are not competing methods but are mutually supportive, and each can satisfy the foregoing objectives with varying degrees of success. The principal advantage of irradiation is its ability to destroy the neoplasm

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