Preoperative irradiation for osteogenic sarcoma

Clifford V. Allen, Kenneth R. Stevens

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High‐dose preoperative irradiation with delayed disarticulation of an extremity involved with osteogenic sarcoma has resulted in a marked increase of tumor‐free survival in a small series of cases treated at the University of Oregon Medical School. Treatment was well tolerated without significant complications. The surgical specimen in most of the survivors contained no viable carcinoma after irradiation in the order of 10,000 rads. There is evidence that biopsy in suspected lesions should be performed without tourniquet to avoid flushing of the tumor cells from the marrow cavity. Discussion will include rationale for delayed surgery, possible influence of irradiation on immune factors, and techniques of irradiation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1364-1366
Number of pages3
Issue number6
StatePublished - Jun 1973
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Oncology
  • Cancer Research


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