In Conversation with Vice President Joe Biden

Today more than 200 known types of cancers exist, many more than when President Nixon declared a war on cancer in 1971. In January 2016, President Obama announced a new effort in cancer: Cancer Moonshot. The initiative is led by Vice President Joe Biden and is intended to broaden the number of therapies available to patients, and find ways to prevent and detect cancer at an early stage. In his discussion with Aspen Institute CEO Walter Isaacson, Biden talks about his personal connection to cancer. In 2015, Biden’s son Beau died of brain cancer. To make additional progress in finding a cure, Biden says the culture of medical research must change so there is more collaboration.

Festival: Aspen Ideas 2016

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