After many years of careful and painstaking work by the surgeons, during which the radical operative methods have been developed to a high degree of perfection, we are still forced to admit that as yet the results of surgical intervention in cancer are anything but satisfactory. The most skilful operators can claim at the best but about 40 per cent. of recoveries in cancer of the female breast,1 while in cancer of the cervix of the uterus recovery without subsequent recurrence is an exceptional result of even the most radical pelvic operations. Martin2 gives 10 to 20 per cent. of such patients free from recurrence after five years. Pylorectomy has but occasional isolated recoveries to its credit and even in the least malignant form, carcinoma of the skin of the face, recurrence follows in about 40 per cent., while with carcinoma of the lip success is even less
WELLS HG. THE RESISTANCE OF THE HUMAN BODY TO CANCER. JAMA. 1909;LII(22):1731–1740. doi:10.1001/jama.1909.25420480001001
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