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June 1946

TREATMENT OF CUTANEOUS EPITHELIOMA

Arch Derm Syphilol. 1946;53(6):576-585. doi:10.1001/archderm.1946.01510350016004
Abstract

EPITHELIOMA of the skin may be successfully treat by various means, and no hard and fast rules should be established. The surgeon who is familiar with the advantages and disadvantages of each method has a greater chance of attaining good results than the surgeon whose experience is limited. Obviously this requires a knowledge of the peculiarities of behavior of the various types of cancer and the limitations which the location of the cancer imposes on the treatment chosen.

ROENTGEN RAY THERAPY OF EPITHELIOMAS OF THE SKIN

High Voltage Roentgen Rays.—Roentgen rays with a peak kilovoltage of 200 kilovolts or more are seldom used in the treatment of cutaneous cancer, except for deeply infiltrating epitheliomas. It is impossible to sterilize metastatic epidermoid carcinoma in lymph nodes by high voltage roentgen irradiation therapy alone. While this treatment does exercise a restraint on growth to some extent, it should be recognized as a palliative treatment only. For curative attempts

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