February 1955


Author Affiliations

From Pondville Hospital, Massachusetts Department of Public Health, Walpole, Mass., Publication No. 179.; From the Surgical Services of the Massachusetts General Hospital and the Pondville Hospital; Assistant Resident Surgeon, Massachusetts General Hospital (Dr. Huggins) and Visiting Surgeon, Massachusetts General Hospital and Pondville Hospital (Dr. Taylor).

AMA Arch Surg. 1955;70(2):303-308. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1955.01270080149025

APPROXIMATELY 1% of all carcinomas of the breast occur in males.1 Although the disease is uncommon, the addition in recent years of various types of hormonal therapy makes it advisable to review our cases and attempt to compare the results of these newer methods of therapy with the more standard methods. For this purpose the cases at the Massachusetts General Hospital from 1914, the Collis P. Huntington Memorial Hospital from 1919, and the Pondville State Cancer Hospital have been examined. The staffs of these three hospitals overlap, and so there has been a general uniformity in the management of the cases.

MATERIAL STUDIED  Seventy-five patients were available for clinical examination. Twenty-five of these had previously received some form of definitive therapy, whereas 50 had received no treatment other than biopsy. The patients were in all stages of the disease. Sixty of the 75 patients were actually treated in our

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