Over 50 years ago it was quite common for radiotherapy to be used for the treatment of lesions including keloid scars, burn scars, vascular skin lesions, tinea capitis etc. These treatments were sometimes done in young children. Radiotherapy for these benign conditions can result in complications including induction of neoplasia and unstable skin changes. Less well documented are problems such as effects on tissue growth.
1More recently, adverse publicity has occurred as a result of accidental over-dosage of radiotherapy
- Wada H.
- Jinnai K.
- Urabe H.
Hypoplasty of the breast due to x-ray irradiation.
Aesthetic Plast Surg. 1986; 10: 137-141
2and more long term unresolved issues regarding blame, illness and compensation following the 1958 Nuclear tests on Christmas Island.
- Culley M.
Beatson Cancer Clinic admits to overdose errors.
Scottish Daily Mail. 13 May 2006; : 7
- Leake C.
Damning new evidence that could finally win justice for 1,000 Nuclear Bomb Test Veterans of Christmas Island.
The Mail on Sunday. 7 May 2006; : 44
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- Hypoplasty of the breast due to x-ray irradiation.Aesthetic Plast Surg. 1986; 10: 137-141
- Beatson Cancer Clinic admits to overdose errors.Scottish Daily Mail. 13 May 2006; : 7
- Damning new evidence that could finally win justice for 1,000 Nuclear Bomb Test Veterans of Christmas Island.The Mail on Sunday. 7 May 2006; : 44
Published online: February 09, 2007
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