Murad Alam, MD; Kenneth A. Arndt, MD
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Alam M., Arndt K.; Laser Removal of Radiation Tattoos. Ann Intern Med. 2002;136:558. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-136-7-200204020-00023
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 2002;136(7):558.
TO THE EDITOR:
We have noticed, with some bafflement, a reluctance among oncologists to refer patients for removal of positional tattoos placed to facilitate radiation therapy. Perhaps oncologists view this as a trivial concern compared with the cancer treatment itself, or perhaps they believe that the tattoos do not bother patients.
In our experience, positional tattoos, especially those in cosmetically sensitive locations such as the presternal area and the breast, may contribute substantially to the dehumanization of patients grappling with a malignancy. When there is a hiatus in treatment or a prolonged remission, removal of the tattoos can be a liberating, hopeful experience. Patients understand that the tattoos are not dangerous, but they nonetheless appreciate the small kindness of physicians who offer to treat them (1, 2). Erasure of the visible stigmata of the cancer can be a milestone in the process of emotional recovery.
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