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August 1986

Long-term Survival Following Bony Metastases From Basal Cell Carcinoma: Report of a Case

Author Affiliations

From the Department of Dermatology, Yale University School of Medicine, New Haven, Conn (Dr R. Hartman); the Departments of Medicine (Dr S. Hartman) and Radiation Therapy (Dr Green), Valley Presbyterian Hospital, Van Nuys, Calif; and the Department of Radiation Therapy, Los Angeles County-University of Southern California Medical Center, Los Angeles (Dr Green).

Arch Dermatol. 1986;122(8):912-914. doi:10.1001/archderm.1986.01660200084021

• A patient with recurrent basal cell carcinoma developed cervical-vertebral and epidural metastases. He received palliative irradiation and had a durable remission for three years. With relapse, he underwent a laminectomy and chemotherapy and remained asymptomatic at 54 months following the diagnosis of bony metastases. To our knowledge, he is the longest reported survivor with bony metastases and is illustrative of the potential survival advantage from palliative therapy.

(Arch Dermatol 1986;122:912-914)

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