Doubtless one of the most hopeless sites of malignant growth at which to use treatment by radical surgical measures is the faucial tonsils, but in recent years there has been some hope offered in the treatment of the unfortunate patients through the medium of roentgen rays and radium, a therapy which seems to be showing a reasonable percentage of so-called cures. Even should this treatment not prove absolutely curative in most cases, the fact that one can by means of it give to the sufferers a prolonged and more comfortable life is in itself a constructive achievement in therapeutic progress.
Naturally one looks to the larger hospitals caring for patients with cancer for comparative statistics and for experimental work in treatment, as to these centers come patients from every direction, and such concentration gives an opportunity for study and experimental treatment that is not afforded the clinicians in smaller centers.
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