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Champions of hope

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Originally uploaded by mfoxw92551 Patients, researchers are pained by Kennedy's plight but hope he can, like other celebrities, raise awareness of a dire need for funds
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Two emotions coursed through Janet Harrington when she heard about Senator Edward M. Kennedy's malignant brain tumor. First, there was an aching sadness. Harrington remembered her late husband's 2 1/2-year, determined battle against the same disease, through three surgeries, several clinical trials, radiation, and memory loss before, ultimately, his death three years ago today. It's a struggle she dreads for any family.
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After cancer diagnosis, what comes next?

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ATLANTA, Georgia (CNN) -- One minute, Dr. Bernadine Healy was a perfectly healthy woman, in bed with her husband watching the Oscar De La Hoya fight on HBO. A few hours later, she was diagnosed with a malignant brain tumor.
Sen. Edward Kennedy, with his wife, Vicki, learned he
has a malignant brain tumor.
"It's horrible, it's shocking," Healy says of her diagnosis nine years ago. "It takes awhile to digest what's happening." Once over the initial shock, Healy, former director of the National Institutes of Health, went to work, combing the latest literature and talking to experts about the best treatments.
In the United States this year, 1.4 million people will learn they have cancer, as Sen. Edward Kennedy did this week. Most of them don't have Healy's expertise, nor do they have her contacts with renowned physicians. So here's a guide for where to go in the days and weeks following a cancer diagnosis:
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MCL Survivor Story

Earlier this month, Shari Bernhard of Plantation and friends celebrated her birthday by bicycling 54 miles, one for each year. The ride was especially meaningful to Bernhard and those who know her because four years ago she was diagnosed with stage-four lymphoma and underwent stem-cell transplant treatment.
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