Medicine: Secondary Cancers

Dr. Francis Carter Wood, director of Columbia University's Crocker Institute of Cancer Research and editor of the Chemical Foundation's American Journal of Cancer* had the authority to state last week, though with scholarly ifs & ands, that treatment of cancers by x-rays or radium does not in itself stir up secondary cancers. That radiation cures a cancer in one part of the body only to metastasize or shift it into another part, has been a credible theory. Cancer of the skin often follows irradiation of the cervix. X-raying of bladder tumors is often...

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