On the basis of the results of an earlier study, a particular polyurethan sample (Y-238) was selected for further evaluation of its carcinogenic potential. This sample was subjected to physical and chemical tests for elucidation of its chemical structure, molecular weight, and molecular weight distribution. Additional biological tests were conducted on male NBR rats by implanting various quantities of the sample i.p., while others received an intrabronchus implant. Tumors, assessed histologically as malignant, were observed following both routes of implantation. The most common neoplasms of the pulmonary site was epidermoid carcinoma, while fibrosarcoma was the most common neoplasm in the peritoneal cavity. Data from the i.p. implantation suggested a dose-related incidence of cancers.
Supported in part by Contract NIH-NCI-E-69-2077 from the National Cancer Institute.