Believing as we do that permanent relief from cancer of the cervix comes through the timely application of the knife, we find little enthusiasm in the management of inoperable cases in which the patients at best can be given but temporary relief. When the disease has gone beyond the reach of the knife we say that it is incurable, but our responsibilities do not end here. Months, and perchance years, of comparative comfort may be added to the life of the unfortunate victim.
One cannot review the literature on the treatment of inoperable cancer of the cervix without being strengthened in one's conviction that much can be done in these pitiable cases. We cannot cure these patients, but we can relieve their suffering, inspire them with hope and give them added days of comfort and usefulness.
Blau reported 408 cases of inoperable cancer of the uterus in the Chrobak clinic.
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