The Levelland Daily Sun News (Levelland, Tex.), Vol. 17, No. 148, Ed. 1 Thursday, April 2, 1959 Page: 3 of 12
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NITROGEN MUSTARD PROVES EFFECTIVE
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Knife, poison, and flip of a coin
strange cancer treatment partners
By JOHN HAKHOI'K
Awsoolateil Press Science Writer
KXCKI.SIOR SPRINGS’. Mo.
<AP> The surgeons' knife, a pow-
erful poison and a flip of a coin.
These are the strange partners
in testing a technique against can-
cer. First indications are promis-
Signs of success of the techni-
que in treating breastcancer were
reported by Dr. Warren Cole at
this week’s American Cancer So-
ciety seminar on cancer research
The test was begun more than
three years ago. Dr. Cole and his
colleagues wanted to try a power-
ful poison, nitrogen mustard, with
surgery against breast cancer.
Nitrogen mustard, a cousin to
the poison gas of World War I, is
poisonous to both the cancer and
the patient. Just enough is given
to the patient to hit the tumor.
"To get the effect, you have to
approach, ihe toxic dose,” said the
University of Illinois researcher.
To control or compare the meth-
od properly, only half of the wom-
en participating in the test got
nitrogen mustard treatment after
the breast cancer operation, A
flip of the coin decided which
women got the poison.
Dr. Cole #aid cancer has re-
for program at meet
Members of Brownie Troop 252
practiced for the program to be
presented at the Father-Daughter
Banquet April 24. at the regular
meeting Tuesday afternoon. They
also practiced the song, "When
'ere you Make a Promise.” and
1he Girl Scout Prayer.
Torrie Sue Straube served re-
freshments to the following mem-
bers: Jane Hamill, Carol S-choen-
rock, Xan Buster, Berniece Meyer.
Cynthia Simmons, F.lyse Wilhite.
Alice Fay Hailey, Margie Me -
Lean. Cathy Hanson, Billie Jean
Cox and Sandra Manley and the;
leaders, Mrs. Robert Hamill and
Mrs. Mel Straube.
i curred twice as often in women i
who did not get the nitrogen nius-
I lard treatment and deaths are!
more than twice as high.
1 Other chemical compounds that |
Dire toxic to cancer cells ;*so can
I be used.
Some are available that can
find and destroy ltxise cancer cells
dislodged during the cancer oper-
The surgeon controls ,90 per cent !
J of the solid tumors in men, said
Dr. 1. S. Ravdin of the University
! of Pennsylvania. But a surgeon
also must concern himself with!
drugs to reach widely spread
small cancers the knife can not
| find or remove.
Fach year cancer in the United
States kills 250,000 persons, said
Dr. Stuart M. Sessoms, chief of
cancer drug therapy for the Na-
tional Cancer Institute.
Some 450,000 new cases arc
found each year and there are
always 700.000 under treatment for
This, unchecked, would mean 40
million Americans now living will
develop cancer and 20 million will
die of it, Dr. Sessoms said.
crashes in flames
March in Texas
driest in years
By TIIF. ASSOCIATED PRESS
Last month was the driest
March in Texas in many years.
The Weather Bureau reported
Thursday that only a trace of rain
fell during the 21-day period at
Laredo to make it the driest
March ther" since 1916.
Austin with .2.1 of an inch had
the driest March, since 1925.
Strange enough. .18 of the Austin
fall occurred on the last day of
the month. Austin’s normal rain-
fall for the month is 2.54 inches.
The Weather Bureau released
the fallowing rainfall totals for
ORTTXG, Wash. iAPi Trailing
I a ribbon of flame, an Air Force
I transport plane cart ) ing four
I crewmen crashed and exploded
I five miles from tms western Wash-
ington town Wednesday night.
Air Force crews could find no
Witnesses said the four-engined,
military version of the civilian
| DC6 was afire when it crashed.
There was no explanation of the
I crash, although Air Force officers
[ said the pilot indicated a collision
was at fault. He radioed McChord
Air Force Base: "Wo have hit
something; or something has hit
Col, Robert E. Booth, command-
er of the 1705th Air Transport’
j Group to w hich the C118 was at-
j tached, said the pilot said he
would attempt to make it back to
But after a brief period of si-
lence, the pilot told the McChord
tower: "This is it.”
There were no other reports of
collision or a near miss.
The Air Force said two of those
aboard were Lt. Thomas E.Las-
ater and Sgt. Guy J. Cunningham,
both of Tacoma.
Texas flier bails out
GUAM iAPi—Lt. Archie Heim-
er of New Braunfels, Tex., bailed
I out safely today after his Sabrejet
j engine lost power. The Air Force
fighter crashed in a wooded area.
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Brewer, Orlin. The Levelland Daily Sun News (Levelland, Tex.), Vol. 17, No. 148, Ed. 1 Thursday, April 2, 1959, newspaper, April 2, 1959; Levelland, Texas. (https://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth1122788/m1/3/: accessed November 21, 2019), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, https://texashistory.unt.edu; crediting South Plains College.