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October 17, 1966

Radiation Therapy

JAMA. 1966;198(3):329. doi:10.1001/jama.1966.03110160157056

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To the Editor:—  I hasten to express complete disapproval of the answer concerning radiation therapy for lymphoid tissue in the eustachian tube (197:829, 1966) in which it is said, "Under unusual circumstances, radiation therapy is still justifiable." Several articles have appeared in the literature reporting on the frequent subsequent development of malignant tumors in children who have received this very form of treatment. In my practice I have had two children with cancer of the thyroid who have had radiation therapy for this very condition. One died of the disease; in the other, apparently successful removal was accomplished.My opinion is that this form of treatment should be heartily condemned and, indeed, I believe it would be difficult to find a radiotherapist who would administer it.