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Harry Reid's (probably) final interview before his death (NYT)


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7 minutes ago, SFLUFAN said:

 

Man, I didn't know that at all, but yup.

 

"I had planned to visit Reid, who had not granted an interview since his cancer diagnosis, in November, but he put me off, saying he felt too weak. People close to him were saying that he had months left, if not weeks. Valedictories were planned, and lifetime awards were bestowed. Efforts were underway to rename the Las Vegas airport in his honor, preferably before his own time of departure. Reid refuses to believe that this honor will ever happen. “When I practiced law, I did a lot of personal-injury work, and I never spent one penny until that check was cashed,” he explained to me."

 

I saw him come up in the headlines via this interview but had no idea he's near the end.

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19 minutes ago, Jose said:

I thought they caught it early and the prognosis was good?

While pancreatic cancer survival rates have been improving from decade to decade, the disease is still considered largely incurable. According to the American Cancer Society, for all stages of pancreatic cancer combined, the one-year relative survival rate is 20%, and the five-year rate is 7%.

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1 hour ago, SFLUFAN said:

While pancreatic cancer survival rates have been improving from decade to decade, the disease is still considered largely incurable. According to the American Cancer Society, for all stages of pancreatic cancer combined, the one-year relative survival rate is 20%, and the five-year rate is 7%.

 

Those stats are old though. I believe those stats are from '92-'98. Either way, yeah it's probably the most vicious cancer you can get.

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The mother of one of my best friends has pancreatic cancer. Not sure how much time she has left.

 

Save your sympathy though. She's the worst person I've ever met, a complete sociopath. I feel bad for her teenage daughter, though. She is sweet and I hope can stay safe after her mother passes.

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