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Neoplasma. 1993;40(1):51-4.

Importance of tumor size and repopulation for radiocurability of skin cancer.

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  • 1Center of Oncology, M. Sklodowska-Curie Memorial Institute, Gliwice, Poland.


Data on 946 skin cancers treated by radiation were used to estimate the importance of repopulation. Six different treatment regimes were used from a single dose to 74 Gy given in 47 fractions. High local control of the small skin cancers (L 1 cm) was independent of dose fractionation. For large tumors, only 74 Gy in 47 fractions was the optimal treatment. Time factor analysis showed a steep increase in the NTD50 values between day 28 and 65 of treatment. This implies that tumor clonogen repopulation starts around 4 weeks of treatment. The present results showed a three-component dose response curve instead of the two-component curves which were found for head and neck and bladder cancer.

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