In the latest stages of cancer of the lip, neither radiation, electrocoagulation, nor any other form of treatment can be expected to cure the patient. Therefore, to cure cancer of the lip, as in any other form of cancer, it should be treated early and thoroughly. Thorough treatment of cancer of the lip means radiation, no matter what other form of treatment may be used in combination. I believe that a patient suffering with cancer of the lip does not get all possible chances of recovery unless radiation is given. Whether radiation should be used alone or combined with other treatment is a matter of careful judgment in the individual case. As a prophylactic measure, every point of irritation affecting the lip should be removed, such as irritation from a pipe, cigaret paper, excessive cigar smoking, traumatism, irritation from a jagged tooth, or excessive exposure to heat, cold and wind.
PFAHLER GE. CANCER OF THE LIP TREATED BY ELECTROCOAGULATION AND RADIATION. Arch Derm Syphilol. 1922;6(4):428–433. doi:10.1001/archderm.1922.02360040030004
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