Development of New Drugs for Cancer Patients Essay

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2.2 ~ The Public Needs to Know
Development of New Drugs
For
Cancer Patients

Connie Collins
Professor Michael White
ENG 115
February 17, 2012
Because cancer is becoming a common killer amongst people of all ages, new drugs are being developed in the treatment of cancer to help prolong life and ease symptoms of the disease. Heart disease presently is our nation’s largest killer, but within a decade cancer may take its place. There are about 200 different types of cancer that effect 1 in 3 Americans and kills 1 in 4 every day. (Arnst, 2008)
Cancer treatments are the most costly medical treatment in America. Each year $125 billion dollars is spent on treatments paid by Medicare and individuals. The American’s National Institute of Health
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Developing new drugs for cancer patients that are affordable, effective, and accessible can extend and possibly save billions of lives and help fight and conquer this disease once and for all. New effective cancer drugs can make a survivor’s life more enjoyable and pain free. We must continue the research and fight cancer for all of those who have died because of this terrible disease. Cancer not only affects the patient, it affects every person that knows the patient. My mother died in October 2011 after a long and grueling 5-year fight with Vulvar Cancer. She was only 57 years old, so we must find a cure that is affordable for everyone and not put a price tag on any humans’ life. Without the development of new drugs and treatments cancer wins the battle and families are left in ruins and devastated by the end results. (Bren, 2007)

Bibliography

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