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arthritis so severely that she couldn't move, and she had her hip operated on and she had an artificial joint put into her hip. And this was an almost unbelievably courageous thing to do, but she did it. But once she recovered from that, the cancer recurred.

Q:

The breast cancer?

Lasker:

The breast cancer recurred. And the people in Los Angeles are not very experienced with this kind of breast cancer. They were metastases from breast cancer. She'd had both breasts removed years ago. These were metastases as a result of the breast cancer, and they really didn't treat her very energetically, and the fact that she'd had this severe operation held them back naturally. And she died in November, after a most courageous and difficult struggle. A really terrible, terrible thing that happened.

Q:

Were you able to get out there?

Lasker:

No. I was sick. I couldn't have gone.

Q:

What about Hubert Humphrey in the meantime?

Lasker:

Well, in the meantime, Hubert had had the operation. I went to see him. Got out of bed and went to see him in the hospital. He was very courageous. We both really wept, because we realized that he was in such a tough spot. Yet he got better, and he's gone back to the Senate, has been very effective, and has tried to help us to get more money, in the Senate and in the House, for cancer appropriations.





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