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Aug. 26, 1959: Roswell Park working to make chemotherapy a reality

Early detection, surgery and radiation were the only hope for someone stricken with cancer 55 years ago, but researchers at Roswell Park were working on a concept so novel , the name had to be explained.

Before going on to talk about testing cancer drugs on dogs, mice and monkeys, News Reporter Mildred Spencer first had to explain what the relatively unknown notion of “chemotherapy” was.

"Scientific ‘detectives’ pursue search for a cancer-killer"

“Scientists at Roswell Park Memorial Institute are playing a leading role in one of the great detective stories of all time — the search for drugs that will cure cancer.

“Chemotherapy — drug treatment — is one of the most exciting prospects in the cancer field.”

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