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Kennedy Seeks Renewal Of Nation's War On Cancer

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Ailing Sen. Edward Kennedy wants to renew the nation's war on cancer, a cause he has championed for nearly four decades.

The Massachusetts Democrat, who is battling brain cancer, worked closely with Republican Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison of Texas on a bill they filed Thursday to overhaul the 1971 National Cancer Act.

Kennedy had already begun work on the bill when his tumor was diagnosed last year. He has been a passionate advocate of cancer research and other health care issues during his long Senate tenure.

The bill seeks to improve the coordination of cancer research, prevention and treatment while giving more money to the National Cancer Institute and other public research agencies.

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