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CANCER: We must keep funding research

Letter by Margaret E. Buchanan, Gig Harbor on March 14, 2011 at 1:04 pm | 1 Comment »
March 14, 2011 1:20 pm

Re: “Ranks of cancer survivors growing fast, CDC says” (TNT, 3-10).

This was good news about the increasing numbers of cancer survivors in the U.S. My daughter is one of those survivors; at age 20, she’s a 14-year cancer survivor.

Another recent article about fertility issues in kids with cancer – “Doctors aim to save fertility of kids with cancer” (TNT, 3-7) – discussed the late effects and ongoing health issues that childhood cancer survivors experience. More kids are surviving cancer, but due to the harsh treatment used to defeat it, they may suffer ongoing health issues for the rest of their lives.

Childhood cancer researchers are at the forefront of cooperative and successful research. Childhood cancer research often benefits adult cancer studies and other research areas.

I hope this good news about improved survivorship will not cause funding for cancer research to decrease. Funding has already been impacted by the bad economy; Congress is looking at significant cuts to the National Cancer Institute.

The search for more and better cures needs to continue. Hopefully, one day soon, we’ll look back at the methods that we currently use to treat cancer and recognize they’re as barbaric as bloodletting.

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