We do not know any more about the cause of cancer of the prostate than we do about cancer occurring in other organs. We do know, however, that at least 20 per cent, of all neoplasms of this gland are malignant.
Previous to 1908, little attention was given to the treatment of carcinoma of the prostate. A review of the literature reveals a number of papers bearing on methods of partial or complete excision of the bladder neck for cancer, all carrying with them a high immediate mortality and little success in control of the cancer.
The employment of radium in irradiation of carcinoma of the prostate is comparatively recent. Minet,1 in 1908, using the urethral route, irradiated the surface of the prostate by means of an elbow catheter with the beak hollowed out to receive the radium tube.
From this time until 1915, we find a number of
HERBST RH. BLOCKING LYMPHATICS IN THE CONTROL OF CARCINOMA OF THE PROSTATE GLAND. JAMA. 1924;82(20):1590–1592. doi:10.1001/jama.1924.02650460014006
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