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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - March 15, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta Outlook setting much brighter Cancer victims recovering OTTAWA (CP) The harvest of data on cancer re- search, some of it Canadian, is improving the probability that new cancer victims will be cured, say two Ottawa cancer specialists. Cancer patients have a 50-per-cent better chance of re- covering from most forms of the disease than they did 25 years ago, say Drs. Gordon Catton and David Klassen of Ottawa's Civic Hospital cancer clinic. Odds on recovery are swinging well over to the patients' side in many cases, they said in an interview. Radiation treatment, for instance, was remedying about 90 per cent of Stage 1 cancer of the cervix, testes and larynx.. The Canadian contribution to cancer research is substantial. Since Dr. Harold Johns of the University of Saskatche- wan startled the medical world in 1951 with his cobalt-unit cancer treatment three other Canadians and their research teams haVe made internationally recognized discoveries. In the late 1950s Dr. Robert Noble developed the anti- cancer drugs vinblastine and vincristine in University of Western Ontario laboratories. They were later rated among the top 15 drugs marketed throughout the world during the 1960s. Detects cancer Some say Dr Phil Gold, a McGill University scientist- physician, will merit a Nobel Prize one day for his 1964 discovery of a blood test that gives clues about the pres- ence and extent of most cancers. This month the United States government approved a test kit for doctors based on Dr. Gold's discovery. Later in the decade, Dr. Robert Bruce of the Ontario Cancer Institute developed universally-recognized prin- ciples concerning the relation of chemical therapy to cancer cells. It is estimated million will be spent in Canada on cancer and cell research in 1974, along with hundreds of millions in the United States. Health Minister Marc Lalonde, questioned during Com- mons heafth committee meetings last year, said that while Canadian cancer research deserves support, wealthier countries can probably make more progress. Medical scientists are unhappy about the amount of federal money available for research in cancer and other areas of medicine. At a Montreal news conference last month, Dr. Andre Barbeau, past president of the Canadian Society for Clinical, Investigation, said Canada is losing talented researchers because of a dearth of funds. Neiv finds exciting On the international scene the most recent findings about cancer have scientists excited that immunology, the study of the body's natural defences against disease, will lead to still better treatment, said Drs. Catton and Klassen. Evidence that the main cancer villains are packets of nucleic acids that invade cells and take over their genetic uncover better understanding of how cancer develops, they said. Doctors are becoming convinced that the basic biologi- cal nature of cancer is the most critical aspect of treat- ment and are beginning to play down the importance of early detection, said Dr Klassen. "A bad tumor spotted early won't necessarily be cured, but a good tumor spotted late can be he said. It was not that early detection is worthless, but rather that mass cancer-screening programs have had a dis- appointing return for the money and effort expended. By Barnes THE BETTER HALF "Brace yourself. He's going to hang us with our own loophole." Woman seeks new life MONTREAL (CP) The woman who says she is known as nothing but "Marc Carbonneau's wife" said this week she will seek a new life on her own as Huguette Briere. Mrs. Carbonneau. 36. said she is seeking to divorce her husband, living in exile in Cuba as one of four members of the Front de Liberation du Quebec who kidnapped British trade commissioner James Jasper Cross Oct. 5. 1970. precipitating the October Crisis. Carbonneau. a Montreal taxi driver, was flown to Cuba in exchange for the release of Mr. Cross. Mrs. Carbonneau said in an interview she always feared her husband would lead her eldest son into the life of a political activist. She has four children 10 to 17 years old. Her youngest son tells friends his father is dead, she said. Mrs. Carbonneau. married 18 years, said the less their children hear of their father "the belter." She wrote a book about her marriage published two years after her husband's exile, she said, in an attempt to explain that "Marc was one person and his family was something else." "I'm interested in politics, like everyone else, but I always take the middle road." She said her life as Marc Carbonneau's wife has been one of continuing attempts to combat prejudice. Landlords have refused to rent her apartments and both she and her children have suffered snubs and ridicule. Cost of food plans up WASHINGTON