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In defense of Lance Armstrong

How he and Livestrong transformed cancer care around the world.

IN LIGHT OF THE RECENT EVENTS surrounding Lance Armstrong’s cycling career, some people may be questioning whether they can still see him as a hero. They can. Lance — and the Lance Armstrong Foundation— have an unrivaled commitment to improving the lives of cancer patients in the United States and around the world.

I began my career as an oncologist nearly 40 years ago, shortly after President Nixon declared a War on Cancer. In the intervening years, we focused much of our energy on the eradication of cancers, paying much less attention to the overall needs of patients and their families, as well as the effects of treatment on quality of life.

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