To help cancer patients, lawmakers pushed access to a controversial doctor

WASHINGTON — The call to Congressman Ted Yoho’s office was a matter of life and death: A constituent was seeking help for a 5-year-old great-nephew who was suffering from a terrible brain tumor.

Could the Florida Republican push the Food and Drug Administration to give the boy access to an unapproved drug treatment that the caller had heard would help? Yoho’s office agreed.

“This treatment is the only treatment that has been successful in treating a DIPG brain tumor, discount ” an aide wrote in an email to the FDA last July. “This is an urgent request.”

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