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December 1964

The Treatment and Rehabilitation of PatientsTumors of the Scalp

Arch Surg. 1964;89(6):1063-1069. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1964.01320060131024

Tumors of the scalp because of their unique anatomical location and broad pathological and histological variety present a challenge to the present methods of treatment insofar as increasing successful therapy and shortening the period for complete rehabilitation.

A review of the literature indicates that tumors of the scalp are rather uncommon by incidence.1-3 Although most reports record the usual types (melanoma, adenocarcinoma, sarcoma, and squamous cell carcinomas) basal cell carcinomas are probably more common than all others.4,5 In our series there was a total of 26 cases of tumors of the scalp, 57.6% of which were basal cell carcinomas. There was a 26.9% rate of basal cell carcinomas among females and 30.7% rate among male cases (see Table 1 and Table 2). One case of malignant melanoma metastasized widely including the brain.

Although the literature also reports that basal cell carcinoma of the scalp was more difficult to

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