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November 20, 1943

ORCHIECTOMY IN THE TREATMENT OF CANCER OF THE PROSTATE GLAND

Author Affiliations

CHICAGO

From the Presbyterian Hospital of Chicago.

JAMA. 1943;123(12):755-757. doi:10.1001/jama.1943.02840470021005

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Abstract

There seems to be a prevailing notion that, once a diagnosis of cancer of the prostate has been made, all that is necessary to effect a cure is to perform an orchiectomy. It is extremely unfortunate that this opinion has become so widespread, since this form of treatment is of recent origin; I do not believe that enough time has elapsed since the procedure was instituted to talk about cures. The conclusions are hasty, since most statistical studies on the curability of cancer are based on five and ten year cures.

My results have not been as satisfactory as one would be inclined to believe they should be, judging from the literature. Those who have had experience with this treatment should report their results, as was recently done by Randall, who had treated 5 patients by this method. Four of the patients on whom he performed bilateral castration are dead

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