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May 1, 1926


JAMA. 1926;86(18):1374-1375. doi:10.1001/jama.1926.02670440048020

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Radium Therapy in Cancer of the Cervix Uteri  Addressing the Société belge de chirurgie, Dr. Delporte summed up his opinion on treatment of cancer of the cervix as follows: "The Wertheim operation was the first step toward the proper treatment of cancer of the cervix. Irradiation constitutes the second stage. Today radium therapy should replace surgery." With respect to the Wertheim operation, he states that (1) 43 per cent of the cases are operable, while 60 per cent of the cases are abandoned; (2) there are difficulties of technic; (3) the operative mortality is from 10 to 15 per cent; (4) cure of operable cases, after five years, results in from 30 to 45 per cent, and (5) 60 per cent of the inoperable cases are abandoned. From the standpoint of radium therapy, however, he observes that (1) all cases are treated; (2) there is no technical difficulty; (3) there

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