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One hundred seventy-six case reports, collected from the literature between 1900 and 1965 and from personal communications and documenting spontaneous regression of cancer, are presented in this monograph. Of these cases, 98 (56%) were distributed among only 4 tumor types; hypernephroma, neuroblastoma, malignant melanoma, and choriocarcinoma. The leukemias and lymphomas were not included in this survey. The prevalence of spontaneous regression could not be determined since the population at risk was not defined.
The fact that spontaneous regression of cancer occurs is an important consideration for the proper evaluation of any new therapeutic regimen, especially when antitumor activity is minimal.
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Spontaneous Regression of Cancer.. Ann Intern Med. 1966;65:1349. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-65-6-1349_1
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1966;65(6):1349.
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