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Betty Mitchell

Annual Report - 1996-1997

Betty Mitchell
Houston

Diagnosis:
Lung cancer, 1992

Treatment:
Surgery, chemoprevention

Personal:
Native Houstonian, attended University of Houston two years, former owner of advertising agency and radio station, started homebuilding company in 1973

Interests:
Traveling, musicals, restoring old homes

"My lung cancer was very small and found quite by accident while I was undergoing tests and x-rays in connection with a gall bladder problem. After having the cancer removed, I went to M. D. Anderson for a consultation and learned about a new chemoprevention study. I was the first to enroll in this clinical trial involving about 1,000 people. The goal is to prevent cancer from recurring by taking a synthetic vitamin A compound. Since it's a randomized study, I don't know if I got the drug or a placebo, but it was worth taking those three tiny pills every day for three years. I figure this approach might benefit me personally and certainly will help the doctors learn how to apply this chemoprevention concept to others in the future. I return to M. D. Anderson every six months for tests. Overall, I feel wonderful and hope to keep enjoying life for many years."

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