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In defense of Lance Armstrong - Magazine - The Boston Globe


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Are we better off than we were before Lance Armstrong?

Yes.

"I began my career as an oncologist nearly 40 years ago, shortly after President Nixon declared a War on Cancer. In the intervening years, we focused much of our energy on the eradication of cancers, paying much less attention to the overall needs of patients and their families, as well as the effects of treatment on quality of life.

Lance changed all of this.

Lance used his own experience fighting testicular cancer to highlight the importance of patients taking an active role in seeking high-quality care, planning treatments with their oncology teams, and focusing on the survivorship issues that arise after treatment ends. In retrospect, it is both astounding and embarrassing that we, members of the medical profession, initially had such a narrow view of our responsibilities to cancer patients and that it took someone like Lance to wake us from this illusion."

Does Lance work with the Stand Up 2 Cancer folks or does he consider them competitive?

I'm not sure; where's Chris Sacca to answer?

I hope folks helping folks with cancer aren't competing!

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