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August 1947

The X-Ray Treatment of Accessible Cancer

Arch Derm Syphilol. 1947;56(2):282. doi:10.1001/archderm.1947.01520080142022

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This volume is a compilation of the author's personal experiences with the roentgen ray treatment of malignant diseases of the skin and adjacent mucous membranes. Like other workers in this field, the author believes that with a combination of surgical treatment and radiotherapy it should be possible to cure all cases of accessible cancer. He discusses the merits of both surgical and radiation therapy but concludes that for several reasons roentgen radiation properly applied is superior to surgical treatment in most instances.

Two procedures described in detail are noteworthy. The first of these is the utilization of tumor cell counts to follow the progress of the response of the neoplasm to radiotherapy. Serial biopsies are performed before radiation and at intervals during radiation, daily at first and at longer intervals as the tumor recedes. The numbers of the differentiating, resting, degenerating and mitotic cells are plotted on graph paper, and

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