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Tuesday, 18 September 1928

Sir NEVILLE HOWSE - On 12th September the honorable member for Wannon (Mr. Rodgers) asked me whether I had received a report in connexion with the International Cancer Conference and what were the views of the conference in regard to radium treatment. I have received an official report of the proceedings and also personal letters from medical friends who were present at the conference. The reports indicate that the generally accepted opinion amongst delegates was that the greatest results were to be expected from radium. Thegeneral tenor of the discussion indicated that in operable cases of cancer, radium application combined with surgical interference was the only effective treatment. The results recorded by the conference indicate that in the treatment of inoperable cancer 10 per cent. of the cases treated with radium were cured, while palliation was afforded in a much higher percentage of cases. In the treatment of cancer of the skin figures quoted indicate that of the cases treated 50 per cent. were cured. In the case of cancer of the tongue figures as high as 40 per cent. were quoted. Speaking generally the conference almost entirely supported the use of radium and there is reason to believe that there will shortly be a great extension in its use.

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