Radioterapy of Bowen's disease

M. Caccialanza, R. Piccinno, M. V. Beretta, N. Sopelana

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In the treatment of Bowen's disease and of erythroplasia of Queyrat, X- ray therapy is indicated in old patients, in those showing contraindications to surgery or refusing to submit to it, and when lesions are quite large or are located in areas where surgical removal is a problem. Twenty-eight patients with Bowen's disease and 2 with erythroplasia of Queyrat, meeting the above indications, were administered X-ray therapy between 1976 and 1990. Eighteen patients received contact X-ray therapy according to Chaoul, 10 soft X-ray therapy and 2 half-deep X-ray therapy. The total doses administered ranged from 40 to 60 Gy, fractionated according to the potentials used. The cure-rate after a follow-up of 2-16 years (mean 6.96 years), was 100%. So far, no complications of radiotherapy have been observed. The cosmetic end results have been qualitatively good or acceptable in 86.1% of the cases.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)115-118
Number of pages4
JournalSkin Cancer
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1993

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Dermatology
  • Oncology

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    Caccialanza, M., Piccinno, R., Beretta, M. V., & Sopelana, N. (1993). Radioterapy of Bowen's disease. Skin Cancer, 8(2), 115-118.