Glioblastoma is a rare and terrible disease. And whether or not you’ve been affected by a diagnosis directly, this particular kind of brain tumor has had a profound effect on every single American’s life.
“This is a disease that has fundamentally changed the political trajectory of the United States,” Dr. Clark Chen told Newsweek. Chen is a neurosurgeon at the University of Minnesota. Ted Kennedy and former Vice President Joe Biden’s son, Beau Biden, both died from glioblastomas. Biden’s death was widely cited as a reason his father didn’t run for president in 2016. “Do we have President Trump today if this death had not happened?” Chen speculated.
This summer, Senator John McCain announced that he too had been diagnosed with glioblastoma this summer.
But Chen is running a part of a clinical trial for a new treatment for this kind of cancer, which has just announced a promising set of results at a conference on Friday. The treatment is being developed by Tocagen.
Click HERE to read the full article by Kate Sheridan in Newsweek.