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March 21, 1966

Can Lung Cancer be Cured by Irradiation Alone?

JAMA. 1966;195(12):1034-1035. doi:10.1001/jama.1966.03100120102027

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The published results of cases treated by irradiation alone are not encouraging. Hilton in 195515 reported eight patients out of 203 who survived five years following radiotherapy. Paterson et al in 195016 from the Christie Hospital, Manchester, England, reported seven patients out of 254 who survived five years. Dobbie in 194417 and Shorvon in 194718 reported a 2% survival rate for five years. However, Brooks et al in 195119 described four patients treated by irradiation only, who came to necropsy with no evidence of growth in the lung. These patients all had inoperable carcinomas and indicate that certain primary carcinomas can be treated and cured by irradiation alone. It must be remembered that the original figures quoted are patients treated by radiotherapy who were considered unsuitable for surgery for one reason or another. Operable patients treated at the Bromptom and the London Chest hospitals showed

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