They're Dying To Get In

Beth Nocera was a fighter, her husband Louis recalls. She bravely battled breast cancer for six years. She endured surgery, chemotherapy, radiation and multiple drug treatments. She fought to get into a clinical trial for Herceptin, but her previous treatment made her ineligible. She signed up for a lottery that the drug manufacturer had established to distribute its scarce supplies. Her number didn't come up. In July 1998, after nearly a year on a waiting list, she finally got her Herceptin. But by then the cancer was so widespread that Nocera, 41 and the mother of two, was dead within three...

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