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Senate Proceeding on Mar 26th, 2009 :: 4:28:45 to 4:43:39
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Max Baucus

4:28:43 to 4:29:04( Edit History Discussion )

Max Baucus: mrs. hutchison: madam president? the presiding officer: the senator from t mrs. hutchison: madam pre i ask unanimous consent that the quorum call be lifted. the presiding officer: without objection. mrs. hutchison: madam president, i am risin a piece of legislation that has been introduced today. my colleague and friend, senator

Max Baucus

4:28:45 to 4:43:39( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Max Baucus

Max Baucus

4:29:05 to 4:29:26( Edit History Discussion )

Max Baucus: ted kennedy, and i and senator feinstein are introducing a bill that we hope will lead to the cure for cancer. we all know that cancer is a relentless disease. it doesn't discriminate between men and women, wealthy or poor, elderly or young.

Max Baucus

4:29:27 to 4:29:48( Edit History Discussion )

Max Baucus: in 2008, over 1.4 million americans were diagnosed with some form of cancer. it may have been you. it may have been a friend. it may have been a coworker, a parent, a sibling, a spouser even a child. and more than half a million americans lost their battle with cancer last year.

Max Baucus

4:29:49 to 4:30:09( Edit History Discussion )

Max Baucus: during the last session of congress senator kennedy and i began work on what we would say would be the next generation of wargainst cancer. senator feinstein has been a leader in this area as well. she is vice chairman of see

Max Baucus

4:30:10 to 4:30:30( Edit History Discussion )

Max Baucus: change, which is an organization that is led by president george bush, the 41st, and hisife barbara, and diana is a -- diane is a vice chairman of that organization. she has been very active in the cancer cause for a long time having lost her husband to

Max Baucus

4:30:31 to 4:30:55( Edit History Discussion )

Max Baucus: cancer and all of us have been touch by it and we know very poigna our body last year and that is that senator kennedy, himself, was diagnosed tumor. and we have watched him

Max Baucus

4:30:56 to 4:31:16( Edit History Discussion )

Max Baucus: valiantly fight off the -- this sease. in my family my mother died from a bin also had cancer. it is such a reminder to all of us, especlly when we see one of our own belove colleagues fighting this disease.

Max Baucus

4:31:17 to 4:31:38( Edit History Discussion )

Max Baucus: arlen specter has had amazing feats of living through brain tumors and he's been so valiant and he too is one of the leaders in the to fight today. and that is to win against cancer. after senator kennedy's diagnoses was announced, i stood

Max Baucus

4:31:39 to 4:32:01( Edit History Discussion )

Max Baucus: on the floor and said that i would have an absolute commitment to introduce legislation with him that we had already been working on for months. we were working with many of the groups that have come together to fight cancer and there are so many in our country that are banding together to try to put

Max Baucus

4:32:02 to 4:32:23( Edit History Discussion )

Max Baucus: all of our resources and all of our experiences and all of what we have learned to work to do that magic thing that will finally cause the cure for this disease. today we're keeping the promise that we made and we waited, of course, for senator kennedy to go through surgery and treatment

Max Baucus

4:32:24 to 4:32:44( Edit History Discussion )

Max Baucus: before we introduced it and he is back with us today and he is part of today. so we're calling the bill the 21st century here is why we must start again and renew our efforts.

Max Baucus

4:32:45 to 4:33:07( Edit History Discussion )

Max Baucus: since the war on cancer was declared in 1971, we have amassed a wealth of knowledge. but our success in battling the disease has not been as great as with some of the other health concerns that we hav faced in our country such as heart disease. when we adjust the mortality rate for cancer by age, it is

Max Baucus

4:33:08 to 4:33:30( Edit History Discussion )

Max Baucus: still compared to mortality from other chroni diseases. the impact that cancer has on all lives cannot and should not be underestimated. today one out of every two men and one out of every three women in our country will develop

Max Baucus

4:33:31 to 4:33:51( Edit History Discussion )

Max Baucus: cancer in their lifetimes. that is an incredible statistic. and it shows how important it is that we can either find the cure or the next best thing, be able to treat it and be able to live with the disease.

Max Baucus

4:33:52 to 4:34:13( Edit History Discussion )

Max Baucus: let me tell you about some of the women who have fought with this disease. a woman named elaine in corinthe, texas is 44 years old and fighting cancer for the second time in her life. more research and options especially for people like me

Max Baucus

4:34:14 to 4:34:34( Edit History Discussion )

Max Baucus: who tend to have few options left as a stage four cancer patient. i think there is great hope in targeted therapies and this should be a continued area research and development. the kennedy-hutchison-feinstein bill will do several things.

Max Baucus

4:34:35 to 4:34:58( Edit History Discussion )

Max Baucus: it will, first of all, promote cancer diagnoses at an early and more curable stage. we must encourage the discovery and advancement of early recognition and treatment. one promising research method is the use of biomarkers. biomarkers leave evidence within

Max Baucus

4:34:59 to 4:35:20( Edit History Discussion )

Max Baucus: the body that alert clinicians to the hidden activity that cancer may be developing. identifying biomarkers could represent the earliest detection of cancer in patients that would be long before a person would see or feel any symptoms. however, even if we strengthen our ability to diagnose cancer

Max Baucus

4:35:21 to 4:35:41( Edit History Discussion )

Max Baucus: impediments remain that prevent many americans from undergoing routine screening for with early screening, chances of catching the disease at a treatable stage a greater an improve the rate of survival. number two, our bill will adopt a cooperative, coordinated

Max Baucus

4:35:42 to 4:36:02( Edit History Discussion )

Max Baucus: approach to cancer research. by establishing a network of biorepositories, we will enable investigators to share information and samples. an integrated approach will accelerate the progress of lifesaving research. furthermore, finding cures

Max Baucus

4:36:03 to 4:36:25( Edit History Discussion )

Max Baucus: should be a collaborative goal. great research is being done by so many researchers who are not aware of advancements in the trials. we have might be concentrated in one area but people don't communication that we need to ow what's going on in another

Max Baucus

4:36:26 to 4:36:46( Edit History Discussion )

Max Baucus: area that something that would further the research going on in a different area. the culture of isolated career research cooperative strides to achieve breakthroughs. we must encourage all the stakeholders in the war on

Max Baucus

4:36:47 to 4:37:08( Edit History Discussion )

Max Baucus: cancer to work in concert. this is going to be maybe a difficult hurdle, but we must do it. because if people are just in their own microscope, they're not going to be able to have the full body of knowledge that might be that one sets off the trigger that

Max Baucus

4:37:09 to 4:37:30( Edit History Discussion )

Max Baucus: actually ends cancer as we know it. next, our bill will increase enrollment in clinical trials. clinical trials expand tr options for patients while enabling researchers to explore new methods in prevention, diagnoses, and therapy. they are so v

Max Baucus

4:37:31 to 4:37:52( Edit History Discussion )

Max Baucus: these are the experimental stages of treatment. so that people who sign up who know that maybe there are risks here but are willi help us learn fro works and what might not work. this is essential for us to real strides in this war on cancer.

Max Baucus

4:37:53 to 4:38:13( Edit History Discussion )

Max Baucus: one woman who understands the importance of clinical trials is maria from he'll pass yoasm she is par -- el passo. she is participate nag clinical trial. every day she encounter women who are unaware of clinical trials or want to

Max Baucus

4:38:14 to 4:38:34( Edit History Discussion )

Max Baucus: participate but do not have access to them. it is not right that some of us have access to the most cutting-edge team and others are left out and left meyered in a less than 5% of the cancer participate in clinical trials.

Max Baucus

4:38:35 to 4:38:55( Edit History Discussion )

Max Baucus: we need to rai clinical trials so that more cancer patients will know that they're available and what they information. disincentives in the health in clinical trials must be eliminated. and, last, as our knowledge of

Max Baucus

4:38:56 to 4:39:18( Edit History Discussion )

Max Baucus: cancer advances an survivors live longer, we must have a process of providing comprehensive care planning service. this is a great value in arming patients with a treatment plan and a summary of their care once they enter remission much this canelp ensure continuity of

Max Baucus

4:39:19 to 4:39:39( Edit History Discussion )

Max Baucus: therapy and prevent costly duplicative or unnecessary services. together senator kennedy, senator feinstein, and i, hope that this will be a bipartisan effort to reinvigorate this fight by enacting these necessary changes through legislation. one of the people who will

Max Baucus

4:39:40 to 4:40:00( Edit History Discussion )

Max Baucus: benefit from our bill is suzanne. after 10 yrs of treatment for cancer at a cost of ove over $3 million, suzanne came to my office this week to show her support for this bill. she said: i don't want my two daughters to go through went through. screening saves lives and money. she's right.

Max Baucus

4:40:01 to 4:40:24( Edit History Discussion )

Max Baucus: another woman who has been in touch with my office is jodi. at the age of 36, she was diagnosed with cancer. after five years of treatment, she said: it is a gift to be here today. the bill through steening programs, research and clinical trials

Max Baucus

4:40:25 to 4:40:46( Edit History Discussion )

Max Baucus: will give people like suzanne, maa, others more times to spend with their loved ones. this bill today is not feignished product. -- is not a finished there may need to be changes in this bill. it is not perfect and i have already had some point out the

Max Baucus

4:40:47 to 4:41:08( Edit History Discussion )

Max Baucus: need for us to sit down to come up with the absolute right approach. the health committee will be looking at this bill. they will be marking it up. we already had hearings last year, but there will be more of a look and it will be important that this happen. we want a bipartisan and resounding victory.

Max Baucus

4:41:09 to 4:41:32( Edit History Discussion )

Max Baucus: we want i all of our country, a victory over this disease. it is the kind of bill that can be bipartisan that should be bipartis overwhelmi congress and from the american people.

Max Baucus

4:41:33 to 4:41:53( Edit History Discussion )

Max Baucus: i have a -- today, the "live strong" bracelet. this is from the lance armstrong foundation. now is a cancer survivor. he is also a hero to many of us because of his wins of the tour de france. he is the premier bicyclist in

Max Baucus

4:41:54 to 4:42:14( Edit History Discussion )

Max Baucus: the world. unfortunately lance is in the hospital right now, or he might be just getting out. he doesn't have cancer, that's the good news but because he has insisted that he is going back into cycling, he did break his collarbone in about six places so he is recovering, but we know

Max Baucus

4:42:15 to 4:42:37( Edit History Discussion )

Max Baucus: the grit and determination of this man. because after his tour de france wins and setting the straight rerd for tour de france wins, he came home and on cancer for everyone. he already showed as a role model that it could be defeated.

Max Baucus

4:42:38 to 4:42:58( Edit History Discussion )

Max Baucus: because after his bout with cancer, he went on grueling bicycle races all over the world. so he's been a role model, he's also through his foundation been a champion of making sure that other people have the same chance for survival that he has had.

Max Baucus

4:42:59 to 4:43:20( Edit History Discussion )

Max Baucus: so while we wish him well on the mending of his collarbone, we already owe him a debt of gratitude. and i am going to wear this as we introduce the bill today show what defeat this cancer. but i can also say that all of us can come together and help

Max Baucus

4:43:21 to 4:43:40( Edit History Discussion )

Max Baucus: him get the message throughout the world that we can defeat cancer if we come together to do it. and no one is a better leader in this cause on the senate floor today than senator edward kennedy. he has not only helped craft the

4:43:21 to 4:43:41( Edit History Discussion )

him get the message throughout the world that we can defeat cancer if we come together to do it. and no one is a better leader in this cause on the senate floor today than senator edward kennedy. he has not only helped craft the legislation, even when he was in

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