Radiotherapy of extensive basal and squamous-cell carcinomas of the skin

M. Caccialanza, R. Piccinno, L. Mainardi, N. Sopelana

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To plan a strategy for the treatment of extensive malignant epithelial skin neoplasms (T3-T4) is difficult because of the high recurrence rate and the associated mortality. Radiotherapy is still one of the most frequently used modalities of treatment. In spite of this, hard literature data are still scanty, Hence, further in-depth study of this modality in more patients in certainly necessary. In this paper we would like to report our experience, stretching over nine years, in a selected series of 35 patients affected by primary basal and squamous-cell carcinomas of the skin (all classified as T3N0M0), treated with contact X-ray, soft X-ray and half-deep X-ray therapy. The cure rate after a minimum follow-up of 2 years is 91.5%. So far, no complications to the radiological treatment have been observed. The cosmetic end-result has been qualitatively good or acceptable in 78.12%. The results obtained to date confirm the efficacy of radiotherapy in the treatment of extensive carcinoma of the skin.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)69-73
Number of pages5
JournalSkin Cancer
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1991

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Dermatology
  • Oncology


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