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  • Remembering Those Who Suffer from Glioblastoma

    by Representative Thomas MacArthur

    Posted on 2016-01-12

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    Congressional Record, Volume 162 Issue 7 (Tuesday, January 12, 2016)

    [Congressional Record Volume 162, Number 7 (Tuesday, January 12, 2016)]
    [Extensions of Remarks]
    [Page E34]
    From the Congressional Record Online through the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
                             HON. THOMAS MacARTHUR
                                 of new jersey
                        in the house of representatives
                           Tuesday, January 12, 2016
      Mr. MacARTHUR. Mr Speaker, I rise today to draw attention to the 
    scourge of glioblastoma.
       The glial cells are the glue of the brain. Glial tumors, which 
    attack and destroy this glue, account for over eighty percent of all 
    malignant brain tumors. Glioblastomas are both the most frequent and 
    the most aggressive kind of glial tumor. Put simply, glioblastoma is 
    the most malignant form of brain cancer known to medical science.
       The suffering caused by glioblastoma is hard to overstate. As the 
    glue of the brain breaks down, glioblastoma causes great difficulties 
    for patients and their loved ones. Life expectancy after diagnosis is 
    about three months without treatment, and even with treatment, typical 
    life expectancy is between one and two years. The five-year survival 
    rate for patients receiving treatment is less than ten percent.
       Despite these enormous odds, many patients and their families 
    continue to fight bravely and advocate for a cure. I would like to join 
    them in that cause. The National Institutes of Health recently received 
    a major funding increase, and I urge them, along with other centers of 
    medical research, to take seriously the enormous importance of finding 
    new and better treatments for glioblastoma, which represents such a 
    challenge for so many Americans and their families.
       I also want to recognize in particular Mr. Joseph J. Rullo, a 
    constituent of mine from Beachwood, New Jersey, who passed away after 
    his battle with this terrible disease. His son, Joe, is an active voice 
    in the fight to combat glioblastoma, and I thank him--and all 
    glioblastoma advocates--for their dedication to the hard work of 
    advocacy on behalf of those who suffer from glioblastoma and their 
    families. It's my honor to represent them in Congress as they continue 
    fighting the good fight.

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