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May 19, 1975

Cancer—Attack or Retreat?-Reply

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Estech, Inc. Chicago

JAMA. 1975;232(7):707. doi:10.1001/jama.1975.03250070009008

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In Reply.—  My first response is to mention that in the reference, An Analysis of Mid-Range Resources Requirements for a National Cancer Program, dated August 1972, it is stated:"This report provides a summary of the assumptions, rationale, references, and calculations used in preparing the National Cancer Program five-year (FY 1974-78) resource projects included in the National Cancer Program Strategic Plan."Since, as it is mentioned here, the report was the foundation of the National Cancer Plan, I submit that this is not an invalid reference. I assume the NCI didn't consider it as such, since Mr. McShulskis signed it and the Associate Director of Program Planning approved it. Also, this publication was distributed to the US Department of Health, Education and Welfare, the NIH, and the NCI. Needless to say, Mr. McShulskis and Mr. Brown have stated that a new revision has been compiled. I would certainly hope that