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FIGHTING BACK

Someone has beaten every cancer, at every stage. Half of all serious cancers can be cured.

"The biggest and the hardest single thing that you will be required to do in the entire battle is to make up your mind to really fight it. You must, on your own, make the commitment that you will do everything in your power to fight your disease. No exceptions. Nothing halfway. Nothing for the sake of ease or convenience. Everything! Nothing short of it. When you have done this, you have accomplished the most difficult thing you will have to accomplish throughout your entire treatment. And I don't care how serious or how minor you are led to believe your cancer is." -- Richard Bloch, co-founder of H&R Block, who was diagnosed with "terminal" lung cancer in 1987 and now heads the R.A. Bloch Cancer Foundation.

8,596,504 Americans with a history of serious cancer are alive today because they didn't give up and fought their disease.

"I get satisfaction by being engaged in the fight. It's me and my doctors against the cancer, and we know we might not win in the end. But by God, we're going to give it a run for its money." -- A cancer patient
Approximately 1,500 people die each day of cancer, the second leading cause of death, exceeded only by heart disease. Information on promising treatments are often released long before studies are complete or ready for human trials. Follow up on everything, but keep in mind that much of what you'll encounter will be in the initial testing stage and not accessible.

"The stress and tension put on a family involved in a serious illness is unimaginable. You know you must stick together on the crucial matters, so often the tension released is by arguing about the little things" -- Nancy Brinker, who founded the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation in memory of her sister.

-- Paula Voell