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(Studio: Katie Couric) The special coverage "Cancer: Cures, Cost and Controversies" introduced; American Cancer Society cancer statistics cited; diagrams shown of what is cancer and how it can spread and reoccur.
(Studio: Jon LaPook) The treatment of cancer reviewed; details given about targeted drug therapies and combination drug treatment; animated diagrams shown. [MIT Whitehead Inst. for Biomedical Research Robert WEINBERG- talks about attacking each tumor and reacting to individual cancer cells.] [Leukemia patient George DARR - talks about controlling his disease via drugs.] The threats to the federal funding of cancer research noted.
(Studio: Katie Couric) Live interview held with National Cancer Inst. chief of surgery Dr. Steven Rosenberg about cancer treatment. [From Bethesda, Maryland, ROSENBERG - explains what immunotherapy is: a principle of taking advantage of the body's own natural defenses to destroy cancers; cites the success in treating different kinds of cancer via vaccines; outlines the approach of gene therapy.]
- Couric, Katie;
- LaPook, Jon
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