Help Robin and others beat cancer and other deadly diseases

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My good friend Robin has cancer that will likely take her life if she does not receive some kind of treatment.  One problem is that her cancer, urachal adenocarcinoma, is very rare so there are almost no approved treatments for it.  The purpose of this petition is to make changes to the treatment system so that people with little or no hope can get access to treatments that at least give them a chance.  With common sense action the system can be changed so that victims of deadly disease are given the opportunity to take a calculated chance on new treatments while protecting the doctors and entities providing those treatments.  Any greed or government red tape can be stripped away.


Currently many treatments are approved for only specific types of cancers. Until treatments are approved for additional cancer types, people suffering from rare or under-researched cancers are restricted to few if any treatments.  In the case of my friend, the doctors have been reluctant to try anything on her and she certainly has not had the option of trying newer treatments that are proving successful against other cancers. 


The approval process for cancer treatments as well as treatment for other deadly diseases can take years; meanwhile, people that could benefit die every day.  The reason for the delay could be profiteering, liability, government red tape or a combination of those.  Regardless of the reason it makes no sense.  Who are you protecting by letting people die? 


There are at least three treatments that could help my friend: immunotherapy, a clinical trial at Duke University that makes use of a form of the polio virus to fight cancer, and a clinical trial at the Mayo Clinic that makes use of a form of the measles virus to fight cancer.  In the lab, these treatments have been shown to be effective against ALL FORMS OF CANCER, yet immunotherapy is not approved for all forms and the clinical trials are only being conducted on a few specific types of cancer. 


Help me make a change for the better—please sign this petition so that more lives can be saved. 


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