Abstract Fifteen squamous cell carcinomas of the skin, termed inadequately excised by the pathologist, were aggravated by lack of patient cooperation or availability. If there was no prophylactic treatment, a recurrence rate of about 50% and an ultimate patient mortality of about 25% from uncontrolled cancer was observed. Prophylactic retreatment with reexcision or radiotherapy before the appearance of clinical recurrence in 24 patients significantly reduced these failures. References 1. Beirne GA, Beirne CG: Observations on the critical margin for complete excision of carcinoma of the skin . Arch Dermatol 80:344-345, 1959.Crossref 2. Glass RL, Spratt JS, Perez-Mesa C: The fate of inadequately excised epidermoid carcinoma of the skin . Surg Gynecol Obstet 122:245-248, 1966.
Archives of Surgery – American Medical Association
Published: Jan 1, 1974