most encouraging medical news since the Salk polio discovery is now coming out of the cancer-research laboratories. A wide variety of drugs is being developed and tested, and even the prosaic scientific bulletins cannot conceal the optimism surrounding results. Names of the drugs won’t mean much to the layman, but here’s what they’re doing:
METHOTREXATE has been successful in prolonging the life of children suffering from acute leukemia. The drug was also administered for two-month periods to four women with widespread cancer. In a year their cancer was suppressed and secondary growths vanished.
6-AZAURACIL has been found to interfere with the growth of cancer cells in patients suffering from cancer
of the stomach, lungs, mouth and breast, as well as in leukemia victims.
LYMPHOCYTES (white blood corpuscles) from mice “immunized” against cancer, have destroyed live cancer cells in a mock life-and-death battle conducted in test tubes.
TETRACYCLINE, a near relative of the more familiar aureomycin and terramycin, is a new tool for speedy diagnosis of cancer. It penetrates tumor tissue and shows yellow fluorescence when observed under ultraviolet light.
COLEY’S TOXIN, a mixture of bacterial toxins, has subdued cancer in two patients whose conditions were considered inoperable. After injections and a period of convalescence, they were able to return to normal activities and their cancers have not reappeared.—
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