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PALLIATIVE IRRADIATION OF GASTRIC CANCER

GEORGE T. PACK, M.D.; ISABEL M. SCHARNAGEL, M.D.; EDITH H. QUIMBY, M.A.; MARION C. LOIZEAUX, M.D.
Arch Surg. 1935;31(6):851-896. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1935.01180180003001.
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Radium and roentgen therapy have proved their worth in the treatment of cancer of the oral cavity, uterus, urinary bladder, skin, rectum and breast and of the various tumors of the lymphoid system. The stomach is the most frequent site of cancer, but unhappily it has not benefited by the advent of these new physical agents. Heretofore, radiation therapy has not been extensively employed in the treatment of gastric cancer because of the supposed radioresistance of this tumor and because of certain apparently insurmountable technical difficulties. We have been engaged for the past four years in the radiation therapy of cancers of the stomach chiefly in an attempt to afford palliation to the great number of patients with advanced inoperable cancers of this organ. This article is a recital of our experiences and conclusions concerning these experiments.

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