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August 2, 1902


JAMA. 1902;XXXIX(5):260-261. doi:10.1001/jama.1902.02480310028008

The question of the permanent curability of cancer by surgical means is one of paramount importance. From time to time cases have been published, both in this country and elsewhere, of patients that have survived for years after operation for cancer. Recently Labhardt1 has subjected the question of recurrence to an investigation, based upon a study of suitable cases reported in the literature and upon a number of observations made in the surgical clinic of Professor Garré at Königsberg. The particular question that Labhardt undertook to study was the occurrence of late recidivations. The return of a cancer after its removal has been and is the especial fact that makes the prognosis in operations for cancer so gloomy. In 1875, R. Volkmann promulgated the law that when a complete year has elapsed since operation without local recurrence, glandular swelling or symptoms of internal disease being demonstrable by the most