Vowing to get tough on cancer, President Barack Obama said during his first speech to Congress that he will dedicate time and resources during his presidency to find a cure for cancer
Chicago, Illinois (MesotheliomaCancerNews.com) — Vowing to get tough on cancer, President Barack Obama said during his first speech to Congress that he will dedicate time and resources during his presidency to find a cure for cancer.
Cancer experts, however, warn against using the word “cure.”
“The idea of calling for a cure does scare me a little bit because, I don’t think that’s realistic in some cancers,” said Dr. Otis Brawley, a Chief Medical Officer for the American Cancer Society.
Despite concerns about President Obama’s phrasing, Dr. Brawley is “thrilled” that the Obama administration will make efforts to reform health care and provide additional funding for cancer research.
According to The Mesothelioma and Asbestos Awareness Center, “In a letter published in the Washington Post on February 8th, actor Patrick Swayze asked Congress to approve two bills: one that would set aside $3.5 billion dollars for the National Institute of Health, and a second Senate bill that would provide $10 billion for cancer treatment research.”
President Obama’s plan outlines the allocation of $6 billion dollars to be applied towards cancer-specific research, in addition to the $10 billion dollars set aside by the stimulus package for 2009 and 2010.
Cancer experts and oncologists are skeptical that a cure will be found soon. Instead, they are of the belief that the overall focus should be on improving cancer treatment methods, so that those suffering from cancer will benefit from the potential to live longer and better quality of life.