Cancer: Advance Against Leukemia

Physicians who deal with leukemia are reluctant to talk in terms of "breakthroughs" and "cures." Their fundamental position is that acute leukemia, the most common killing disease among children aged three to 14, is still fatal. With that reservation, however, a group of first-rank U.S. medical researchers met in Boston last week to discuss a series of remarkable gains that are now giving leukemia victims progressively longer survival times with greater comfort. In a few cases, they reported complete freedom from evident disease for as long as 15 years. In cautiously double-negative terms, they admitted that...

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