Biden: World on the cusp of phenomenal cancer breakthroughs

Vice President Joe Biden, left listens to Dr. Amy Gutmann, right, speak as Dr. Bruce L. Livine PH.D., center, and Dr. Carl H. June M.D., second from right, Friday Jan. 14, 2016, in the Abramson Cancer Center at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia.
Vice President Joe Biden, left listens to Dr. Amy Gutmann, right, speak as Dr. Bruce L. Livine PH.D., center, and Dr. Carl H. June M.D., second from right, Friday Jan. 14, 2016, in the Abramson Cancer Center at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/ Joseph Kaczmarek, Pool)

PHILADELPHIA (AP) – Vice President Joe Biden says the world of cancer research is on the cusp of phenomenal breakthroughs. He says this is an inflection point in the fight against cancer.

Biden is launching a “moonshot” initiative to hasten a cure for cancer during a visit to Philadelphia’s Abramson Cancer Center. He’s aiming to use his final year in office to break down barriers in the medical world he says are holding back progress on eradicating the dreaded disease.

Biden says he’s become acquainted with the cancer world through his experience with his son. Former Delaware Attorney General Beau Biden died last year of brain cancer.

Biden says when you are engaged with someone affected by something like cancer, you do everything possible to learn as much as you can about the fight.

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