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April 1946

CANCER OF THE LARYNX: Five Year Results of Concentration Radiotherapy

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From the Chicago Tumor Institute.

Arch Otolaryngol. 1946;43(4):315-330. doi:10.1001/archotol.1946.00680050331001

THIS is a report on 118 consecutive patients with cancer of the larynx who were treated by irradiation in the Chicago Tumor Institute from the time it opened in April 1938 through December 1942.1 The most recent of these was treated more than three years ago, but the main conclusions are based on the results observed in 47 treated in 1938, 1939 and 1940, with a minimum observation period of five years.

The main purpose is to discuss the advances in the radiation treatment of laryngeal cancer, with special reference to concentration radiotherapy, and to analyze the extent to which these and other results call for a revision of opinion on the present day treatment of this disease. The main point of issue is under what circumstances radiotherapy should be used for operable cancer of the larynx. More specifically, the following questions are discussed:

  1. Should radiotherapy be preferred to

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