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January 23, 1926

RECURRENT INOPERABLE CARCINOMA OF THE BREAST: AN ANALYSIS OF THREE HUNDRED AND SIXTY-THREE CASES TREATED BY RADIUM AND ROENTGEN RAY

JAMA. 1926;86(4):250-256. doi:10.1001/jama.1926.02670300012004
Abstract

Recurrent, inoperable carcinoma of the breast constitutes the largest group of mammary cancer with which we have to deal. The scar tissue formation consequent on surgical intervention and the multiplicity of lesions make these patients the most difficult type to treat by irradiation. Inoperability, of necessity, makes radiation therapy both the choice and the requisite of treatment.

This paper is a report of the course and an analysis of the treatments of 363 patients with recurrent, inoperable and metastatic carcinomas of the breast who were admitted to the breast clinic of the Memorial Hospital prior to May 1, 1922, allowing an interval of three years or more since they were first observed. Table 1 groups the number of patients who appeared at the clinic.

One of us,1 in 1922, made a report of the first three of these groups, a total of 218 cases. These patients have been followed, analyzed

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