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War on Cancer

As All Things Considered celebrates its 30th anniversary, we're hearing a series of special reports on other things that are 30 years old. Today, host Linda Wertheimer examines the war on cancer, which was initiated by President Richard Nixon in May, 1971, when he pledged $100 million to cancer research. Linda Wertheimer spends time with five doctors who have been involved in cancer research and treatment for the past 30 years. We meet a parent who lost her child to the disease in the 1970s and a family whose 9 year old is undergoing treatment right now.

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