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POSTMORTEM OBSERVATIONS TWENTY YEARS AFTER BILATERAL MASTECTOMY

Bernard J. Ficarra, M.D.
JAMA. 1952;150(5):478-479. doi:10.1001/jama.1952.63680050001012.
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A recent excellent article on the treatment of breast cancer has encouraged the presentation of this report. The case in question is one in which autopsy was performed by me in 1941. Prior to the presentation of the details of this case, mention will be made of several facts noted in the article previously mentioned.1

There is some confusion about the best methods of treatment for cancer of the breast. Authors present statistics showing the survival rate of patients five years after operation. The cases usually are grouped into those in which radiation therapy was given either before or after mastectomy (or both) and those in which surgery alone (either simple or radical mastectomy) was performed. In the article mentioned above, the authors discuss a patient with advanced cancer who was subjected to surgery and was well 14 years after mastectomy (no mention is made of radiation therapy). These

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