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Interview #21, Part II

Interviewee: Mary Lasker
Interviewer: John T. Mason, Jr.
Date: August 10, 1981
New York City

Q:

Today we're going to learn some more exciting details about research in cancer, and I wonder if you can tell me briefly first what kind of advances have been made in this past year.

Lasker:

Well, two advances have been made that are exciting. One is that Dr. Veronese of Milan has shown that in cancers of less than one inch, breast cancers of less than one inch, a complete mastectomy does not need to be done. And that really saves a lot of women the loss of a breast.

Q:

It isn't so deforming as the other, is it?

Lasker:

It isn't so deforming. They do what they call a quadrectomy.

Q:

And that is proving just as effective as removing the whole breast?

Lasker:

Yes. In a seven-year study the difference between the people who had whole mastectomies and these quadrectomies is practically the same. In fact, I think there were one or two fewer deaths in the group that had the quadrectomy.



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