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May 1937

TREATMENT OF EPITHELIOMA OF THE LIP BY ELECTRODESICCATION: TECHNIC AND PRELIMINARY REPORT OF RESULTS DURING THE PAST FIVE YEARS

Author Affiliations

SAN FRANCISCO

From the Division of Dermatology, Department of Medicine, University of California Medical School.

Arch Derm Syphilol. 1937;35(5):821-830. doi:10.1001/archderm.1937.01470230059003
Abstract

The treatment of epithelioma of the lip is considered by most physicians to be strictly a surgical problem. In some of the standard textbooks on dermatology the only treatment advised is surgical excision of the primary growth and associated lymph nodes. The purpose of this paper is to describe a technic for the treatment of early stages of epithelioma of the lip which can be readily carried out on ambulatory patients in the dispensary or in the private office of the dermatologist.

PRINCIPLES OF TREATMENT

In the treatment of malignant disease the essential factor is the complete destruction or removal of all neoplastic cells. It is desirable that this be accomplished with as little damage to normal tissue as possible to preserve the function of the region involved and to produce the best cosmetic result. A minimum loss of time from work is also of importance. There are

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