Going the Distance for Cancer Research
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Lance Armstrong has combined cycling and his support for cancer research into The Tour of Hope, a week-long bicycle journey across America by people who have been touched by cancer. Two of Lance's teammates joined us on Oct. 6, 2004, to discuss the importance of cancer clinical trials. Survivors Jim Owens and Robert Stuart, MD, shared their personal and professional experiences live from the Tour of Hope.
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I participated in last year's D.C. Tour of Hope. It was an amazing event and very successful. How do you feel the public has responded to this year's event? Has awareness increased? I wanted to add that I am a proud member and supporter of the LAF. I have traveled and followed the Tour De France over the past few years and other U.S. events. I wear my Live Strong Bracelet with pride and want to extend my support and gratitude for all their efforts!
I was at the D.C. finale last year and I found that one of the most emotional events of my life. I think that a second year of the Tour of Hope has experienced much, much greater awareness by the public. We just went through little towns in Iowa where hundreds and hundreds of people lined the streets to cheer us on, and we attended a rally at an elementary school in Ossian, Iowa, and again, hundreds of people came out to cheer us and hundreds of people made the cancer promise.
I hope that you've made the cancer promise, and if you haven't, go to www.tourofhope.org and do that.
Yes it was one of the most emotional events in my life, too. One of our team members was diagnosed with lung cancer only two weeks after the event. Unfortunately, she passed away, but we rode strong that day. And I continue to ride for her and the millions of others living with and beyond cancer.
God bless you.
Should everyone who is diagnosed with cancer explore participating in a clinical trial?
Absolutely yes. There are very few cancers that have treatment that is so successful that there are no clinical trials available. Remember that clinical trials are not just for treatment failures but also may be appropriate for initial treatment of certain cancers.