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Statistics kept since the passage of the National Cancer Act in 1971 indicate that slow but significant gains in lengthening the life span among many cancer patients have been made. The five-year survival rate for seven of the fourteen cancers in children and adolescents including all leukemias, Wilm's tumor, Hodgkin's disease, and neuroblastomas has increased dramatically. Dr. Edward Beattie Jr., Director of Memorial Sloan-Kettering Hospital in New York City, estimates that half of all cancer patients could now be cured, meaning to live their lives without a recurrence of their cancer, if all the available diagnostic and treatment techniques were used (Brody, 1981). Through proper treatment almost 90 percent of all children and adolescents with acute lymphocytic leukemia and Hodgkin's disease, the two most frequent cancers for that age group, are put into a disease free state known as a remission which becomes permanent in 50-60 percent of all cases. A formidable arsenal of forty chemotherapeutic drugs have been developed, thanks to funds raised by the Leukemia Society, the American Cancer Society, and the National Cancer Institute.

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Master of Arts in Education


Department of School Administration and Personnel Services

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Robert L. Frank

Second Advisor

Audrey L. Smith


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