Dr. Nicole Saphier: Why Biden's vow to 'cure cancer' if elected received so much backlash

This year there will be an estimated 1,762,450 new cancer cases diagnosed and 606,880 cancer deaths in the United States. That number amounts to more American deaths than from all of World War I and World War II combined.

Nearly every person has either been diagnosed with cancer or knows someone who has.

Former Vice President Joe Biden, who is seeking the Democratic presidential nomination, is among those who have suffered from the devastating effects of a cancer diagnosis for a loved one. His son, Joseph (Beau) Biden III – an Iraq War veteran and a Bronze Star recipient – died of a brain tumor at the age of just 46. The younger Biden underwent treatments including surgery, chemotherapy and radiation to combat cancer.


Glioblastoma multiforme (GMB) – the brain cancer Beau Biden and Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., died from – is the most aggressive brain cancer. There are currently no known preventive measures, nor is there a definitive treatment for the cancer once it is discovered.

Despite maximum treatment, GMB usually recurs. The most common length of survival following diagnosis is 12 to 15 months. Fewer than 3 to 5 percent of people survive

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