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in time even build up an immunity
against them. Unless handled with
skill, they can do much damage to
normal tissues.
Many types of cancer once deemed
incurable now yield to new and bold
er operative techniques. Cancers of
the esophagus, lung and pancreas
were held to be incurable 10 years
ago. They can be cured today in a
large percentage of early cases.
The danger of immediate death
after major operations for cancer
has been greatly reduced. Better
knowledge of vitamins, blood trans
fusions, and especially the discovery
of how to control infection by means
of chemicals such as penicillin and
the sulfa drugs have made it possible
for surgeons to lower the risk in all
types of operations.
Today the most dangerous opera
tion for cancer can be performed with
less risk than a tonsillectomy a few
years ago.
X-ray Advances
Notable developments have been
made in X-ray and radium treat
ment. Skilled operators can today
frequently destroy cancer tissues
without harming healthy tissue.
What about the isotopes? We
have been hearing a good deal about
these radioactive products of the
uranium stockpile. Do they contain
a cure for cancer? Will mankind’s
greatest agency of destruction also
produce the greatest good?
There is nothing new or revolu
tionary about the use of atomic
energy in cancer research or cure.
Radium and X-ray are forms of
atomic energy. The cyclotron, a de
vice for splitting the atom, has been
used in cancer research and therapy.
Radioactive iodine has demon
strated beneficial effects in treat
ing an overactive thyroid gland,
but its use in thyroid cancer has
yet to be established.
What the isotopes will do, how
ever, is of incalculable value. By
making available new and easily
obtained types of radioactive sub
stances they will quicken the pace
of research. Their progress through
the body can be traced with an or
dinary Geiger counter, as though
each atom were -tagged. They will
speed up research by helping us fol
low the chemical changes and con
centrations that take place in cellu
lar society. And speed is of the
essence if this generation is to be
spared the fate of its predecessors
— decimation by cancer.
The American Cancer Society has
announced a new drive for $12,000,
000 to further cancer therapy, re
search and education. This is a
small enough sum for a project that
embraces every branch of science,
including what may appear to the
layman to be remote problems of
physics, biology, chemistry and
genetics. When we study cancer we
approach the borders of the Unknow
able. We are involved in the study
of life itself, and the mysterious
processes of birth and reproduction.
The sum of $12,000,000 — a mi
nute fraction of the $700,000,000 we
spent in a day to conduct World
War II — is the irreducible mini
mum for so large an order. Let us
trust that the American public will
fulfill its responsibilities to this can
cer fund.
A Long Road
There was never a time when such
an amount could be spent to better
advantage. Cancer research is no
longer fumbling, but marching along
lines well established. The byways
must still be thoroughly explored,
but certain main avenues lie straight
It is still a long road we must
travel. But the recent quickening
of the pulse of cancer research, the
upsurge of optimism among the
patient, stubborn, devoted workers
in the field — does this not mean
that the dawn is at hand, that the
long night is ending at last?
“Hope,” said a surgeon at the
Cleveland meeting, “has put on
seven-league boots.” We can only
echo this statement. The End
“His door is always open to
anyone with suggestions”

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