The Hutchinson News from Hutchinson, Kansas on September 15, 1971 · Page 45
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Y«ur Health Problems Several Approaches to Tongue-Cancer Help i By POCTOR MEDICUS Q. How Is cancer of the toi^ae treated? What is the outlook for cure? A|. Canoer of the tongue is condderably more serious than caiKer of the lip, which is of the same general cell-type. Apparently the constant movement of the tongue encoiffages spread of tumor cells to the deeper gland structures. And many tongue cancers develop on the tmder part or at the side, far back on the tongue, and, may not be discovered until they are quite large. Several approaches to treatment liave been successful. Specialists in radium needle insertion have been quite ef- fec|iv)e in cur- ingltbngue cancer. External x- ray therapy is Doc+ors also used, but Th e Answer surgery is the usually r e o- ommended approach, and it often needs to •be very extensive. If tlie canr cer has extended into the floor of the mouth or into the neck glands, removal of half of the tongue, part of the jawbone and the glands of the i «5ck may be required to offer any chance of cure. For early cases, cure is expected over half of the time. For those that are fartb^r along, the odds drop to sxcjs^ 15 to 25 per cent of five year cures. New Gadgets on the Medical Scene A recent exhibit at a fair tn Mian, Italy promisea some relief for the doctor shortage. JThe exhibit featured a odin- ojierated device for automatic determinations of blood pressure. After inserting the arm into a cuff mechanism, placing a'toin and pulling a lever, the subject reads his systolic blood pressime on a lighted mercury column, while an amplifier booms out the sound <rf the pulse and colored lights flash in synchronous time with the pulse beats. With a model like tliis in the reception room, blood pressures ooiild be measuredl and the kids entertained aU at the same time. On a more sedate and practical level, researchers at Baylor College of Medicine have been testir? out a system of water purification that is designed to remove germs (including viruses), chlorine and any other water contaminants. They propose that the mechanism vidll be so efficient when attached to any kitchen sink, that it can con*- vert sewage effluent into sparkling pure drinking wan ter. If tests confirm the early promises, the device should be ready for marketing within a few months, and will sell for about $50. More on the Prostaglandins Anyone who watches television must know how aspirin relieves paui — according to Madison Avenue, that is. It shuts off the pneumatic hammers and the electronic brain wave noises. Medical science is not that well informed. though. Keseancbers have been trying for years to discover the specific mechanism by which aspirin relieves pain. Now through work of British investigators, it has been suggested that aspirin's function depends on inhibition of the action of certain prostaglandins. Of course it has not yet been proved that the "PG's" produce pain, but there Is evidence that they are involved in some kinds of "deep" paini, and some do produce fever aiid inflammation in various areas of the body. A "cancellation" of PG action by aspirin is an Interesting theory that could be important in the proposed use of pros­ taglandins for a "morning after" contraceptive. It could mean that one would have decision to make as to which kind of "morning after" effect was the most important! (Tho Reno County Medical Society wet comcj qucsllons from readers. Please send your questions In a sealed envelope to The Hutchinson News, care of Dr. Medlcus, Box 191, Hutchinson, Kan. Your loiters will ba forwarded un opened to tho Medical Society. Personal replies are not possible). FRESH DAILY od BRiAD Extra Thin Sliced Old Fashion Buttermilk Flavor RAINBO BREAD BETTS BAKING CO. SALE PRICES GOOD THRU SUNDAY Regularly $3.97 Use Our Convenient LAW-AWAY PLAN A small deposit holds your purdiasc. PAY LESS...At 4th and PLUM HutchlMon News Wednesday, Sept. 15, 1971 Page 18 (C) MCMLXIX4P You guys guard the Palace . • We'll guard the Home I In the picture above you see the boogy-eyed demon gatekeepers of the Royal Palace in Banglcolc. They'd scare anyone away. At the right, The Hutchinson News. Not so scary, but with a much bigger job ort Its hands: to guard your right as a free citizen in a free society. To do this, we use the most potent weapon ever invented to protect anyone — the inquiring mind, and the accurate printed word. This is the finest, fairest control of forces which may try to infringe upon your rights as a citiien. It opens the doors of public affairs which must never'be locked. It exposes those who might use government for something other than good government, it asks questions, and it demands answers... that you may know, that you may act. Behind our paper is another »the Constitution. Best way to guard the home! The

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