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February 1948


Author Affiliations

Professor and Chief of the Ear, Nose and Throat Deartment, University Hospitals ALEXANDRIA, EGYPT

Arch Otolaryngol. 1948;47(2):185-188. doi:10.1001/archotol.1948.00690030194012

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IN PRESENTING this case I do not profess to have cured the cancer, cancer being up to the present a destructive, mutilating, incurable and deadly disease if not seen early.

Surgical excision and radiation, alone or combined, are used for its treatment, but in most cases the end results are the same. Sooner or later the primary lesion or the secondary metastases or both reappear and end the scene.

Helplessness to cure cancer will remain in my opinion till a new medicine, a vaccine or a serum is discovered which will eradicate the visible primary and the invisible secondary lesions.

I use the term "invisible secondary lesions" because I still remember a patient with cancer of the larynx on whom I performed complete laryngectomy some years ago and hoped that I had succeeded in curing the cancer.

At the time of the operation the patient did not have any visible

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