Medicine: Cooking Cancers

Cancer specialists have been attacking the killer disease with an ever widening variety of treatments. These include traditional surgery, X rays, drugs and radioactive elements—or combinations of them. This week doctors at Brooklyn's Veterans Administration Hospital reported initial success with a new weapon in the anticancer arsenal: high-frequency radio waves. By using the waves to heat cancerous tissue, they said, they had destroyed or shrunk malignant tumors in 21 cancer patients.

Writing in JAMA, the Journal of the American Medical Association, Dr. Harry H. LeVeen and his colleagues explained that their experiments...

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