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October 1960

Survival Rates of Patients with Cancer of the Colon in a Small Community

Author Affiliations

Fredericksburg, Va.
The Pathology Laboratory, The Mary Washington Hospital.

Arch Surg. 1960;81(4):624-626. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1960.01300040108020

The two most common deep malignancies treated in general hospitals are those of the breast and colon. In a previous report1 the outcome of breast cancer in a small community was evaluated. It is the purpose of this communication to assess the results of the treatment of cancer of the colon in the same community.

Materials and Methods  The methods, population, hospital, and surgeons concerned were identical to those of the prior study.1 Only cases of cancer of the colon subjected to some form of surgical procedure were considered. Eighty such patients were admitted to the Mary Washington Hospital, Fredericksburg, Va., from 1948 through 1959.

Results  The current status of all 80 patients has been determined. Of these patients, 53 were suitable for estimating five-year survival rates, having either lived at least five years or died of disease in less than five years.

Five-Year Survival Rates.  —These are

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