Medicine: The Need to Know

Topic: gastric cancer, most hopeless of all cancers.

Theme: stomach and intestinal cancer now kill some 80,000 Americans each year, account for 45% of cancer deaths.

Question: what to do about it?

That was the grim problem that faced 125 of the nation's top gastric specialists last week at an extraordinary conference in Chicago. Their chairman, Dr. Andrew Conway Ivy of the University of Illinois Medical College, gravely suggested that the time had come for emergency action. Though gastric cancer is the deadliest, it is getting the least study. Some points: ¶ Gastric cancer gives...

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