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Special Report (Cancer) #484659

NBC Evening News for Monday, Aug 04, 1975
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(Studio) Report on money and pols. of cancer.

(DC) On January 22, 1971, President Richard Nixon declared war on cancer. [NIXON - says cancer should be conquered.] National cancer program legislature passed on eve of election year; move thought political by many. Since 1971, National Cancer Institute spent $2 billion on research. Charged that scientists didn't know enough with regard to cancer to research it properly.
REPORTER: Bob Jamieson

(New York) [New York College of Medicine Dr. Leonard LASTER - says directed research works when fundamental science of problem understood.]
REPORTER: Bob Jamieson

(DC) North C. I. budget spent for research, clinical trials of new treatments and building new ctrs. Some feel NCI staff too small and overworked. N. C. I. criticized for favoring insts. whose representatives are advisers to national cancer program. [Dr. Robert GOOD - says program is good investment.] Some say funds drained from general bio-med. research. [Ex-undersecretary Department of Health, Education and Welfare Dr. Charles EDWARDS - says have and have-not situation created.] Danger Congress could turn some of program into pork barrel projects. [N. C. I. Dr. Frank RAUSCHER - says people fear cancer most and urged Congress to get more funds for it.] Scientists feel pols. raised false hopes that cancer cure at hand in 1971.
REPORTER: Bob Jamieson

Hart, John;
Jamieson, Bob

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