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December 1964

The Treatment and Rehabilitation of PatientsTumors of the Scalp

Author Affiliations

CHICAGO
Department of Surgery Stritch School of Medicine, Loyola University, and Department of Surgery, Holy Cross Hospital.

Arch Surg. 1964;89(6):1063-1069. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1964.01320060131024
Abstract

Tumors of the scalp because of their unique anatomical location and broad pathological and histological variety present a challenge to the present methods of treatment insofar as increasing successful therapy and shortening the period for complete rehabilitation.

A review of the literature indicates that tumors of the scalp are rather uncommon by incidence.1-3 Although most reports record the usual types (melanoma, adenocarcinoma, sarcoma, and squamous cell carcinomas) basal cell carcinomas are probably more common than all others.4,5 In our series there was a total of 26 cases of tumors of the scalp, 57.6% of which were basal cell carcinomas. There was a 26.9% rate of basal cell carcinomas among females and 30.7% rate among male cases (see Table 1 and Table 2). One case of malignant melanoma metastasized widely including the brain.

Although the literature also reports that basal cell carcinoma of the scalp was more difficult to

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