Medicine: Promising Prospect

A short, tentative step toward the control of one kind of cancer was announced this week by Dr. Hugh J. Creech of Philadelphia's Institute for Cancer Research. The variety of cancer: sarcoma, a deadly form which involves the body's connective tissues. The medication: Polysaccharides (multiple sugars) produced by bacteria.

The work has taken several years because these polysaccharides normally have harmful effects on the patient. Also, after the first injection, the patient develops an immunity to them. Dr. Creech has gone far toward overcoming both difficulties. By treating the patient in advance (with injections rich in antibodies), he can safely give 50...

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