Staging Laparotomy in the Management of Hodgkin's Disease: Is It Still Necessary?


Approximately 3,500 cases of stage I and II Hodgkin's disease are diagnosed each year in the United States. Traditionally, those patients who are considered candidates for primary radiation therapy undergo staging laparotomy (pathologic staging) to rule out definitively the presence of occult subdiaphragmatic disease. An appreciation of the risks of… (More)


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