Fighting Cancer

Cancer-fighting mom leads the charge to get companies to develop pediatric drugs.
2:06 | 07/28/12

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And we have a powerful victory in the battle against cancer to report. It's a new law that takes aim at de cancers in children. Born out of the sorrow of one mother who lost her own child to the disease and in the hope that other mothers facing the same challenge will not lose theirs. Here's abc's medical editor dr. Richard besser. Reporter: Only one new drug for treating any kind of childhood cancer has come out in the past 20 years. So it won't be another two decades the creating hope act was signed into the laws. For children and families, it was a victory. Molly ward who survived a rare form of pancreatic cancer. I met this adorable 9-year-old on capitol hill when she was lobbying for the bill. Did you feel you were lucky? Yeah, I actually got to get through cancer and not a lot of people do. Reporter: Jacob freoman is one child would didn't. He lived 10 1/2 years before a rare form of brain cancer cut his life short. The adult cancer drug, the only option for jacob, didn't help. In fact just made him sicker. The day after he died his mother nancy goodman, got to work. Pharmaceutical companies don't have the opportunity to go into very small markets. So we created a big fat parrot. If a pharmaceutical company creates a drug for pediatric cancer or other disease, that company gets a voucher, an the another drug. Reporter: Quicker review of any drug the company chooses, a drug for arthritis or heart disease can be worth millions to drug companies who have had little incentive to develop pediatric cancer drugs. For patients who represent less than 1% of all cancer cases. For goodman it's a legacy for her son who will never grow up. Like every other child who -- every other parent, rather, whose child has died of cancer, we don't want to think our kids have died entirely in vein. Giving hope other filies

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