Radiotherapy of skin carcinomas of the ear

M. Caccialanza, R. Piccinno, N. Sopelana, M. Beretta, L. Gnecchi

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Thirty-one patients with basal-cell carcinoma and 7 with squamous-cell carcinoma of the ear were treated with contact X-ray therapy (according to Chaoul) between 1990 and 1996. All the lesions but three were small-medium sized (diameter not larger than 5 cm), did not invade the cartilage or affect the external auditory canal. In one case, contact X-ray was preceded by half- deep X-ray therapy. The 18-months cure rate after the end of radiotherapy was 91.72%. The mean follow-up was 19.65 months. The cosmetic end results were qualitatively good in 97.14% of cases and acceptable in 2.86%. So far, no complications have been observed. The results obtained confirm that radiotherapy provides, in the management of these tumours, an effectiveness comparable to that of more aggressive methods, such as surgery and Mohs chemosurgery. Radiotherapy is advantageous in respect to those techniques, since it provides the saving of the cartilage and represents a safe and non- traumatic method, performed on an outpatient basis and suitable to treat elderly patients presenting with different problems contraindicating surgery.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)105-110
Number of pages6
JournalSkin Cancer
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1997


  • Basal-cell carcinoma
  • Ear
  • Radiotherapy
  • Squamos-cell carcinoma

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Dermatology
  • Oncology


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