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But the next ten years will certainly provide a profound change, if we continue to get the money, because you see nobody believes that anything's happened unless you have the five year cure, because cancers often regress sponta neously and then re-appear again. But if a great deal is done in the next four years, and a great many means of treatment are developed, it'll be seen whether or not they're successful -- and then the five years after that, within those five years. And I really think there's no need to talk about 20 or 30 years for conquest of cancer. I think it can be done in this decade, should be done in this decade. Maybe it won't be but it should be.

Q:

Now the groundwork is really laid for that.

Lasker:

Yes.

Q:

Is this what former President Johnson was actually referring to when he presented you with the award of the American Cancer Society, when he said, “It may be that her greatest contribution is yet to come. It may be she will be remembered most for establishing a national concentrated single agency to attack and cure cancer.”

Lasker:

Yes, this is, he's referring to the legislation.

Q:

That was a citation, but “It may be her greatest contribution is yet to come” -- this is the fruition of this legislation he refers to?

Lasker:

Yes the legislation -- that was in June and the legislation wasn't passed in either house.

Q:

I think it's only fitting for this particular chapter, and it's out of



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