This Veterans Day, CBS Los Angeles had Dr. Robert Cameron and Vietnam Vet
and CHiPS television star Larry Wilcox on their
Dr. Cameron detailed the high incidence of mesothelioma among veterans
and his mission to help them combat this rare cancer. The message he wanted
to get across is that there are treatment options for veterans. He encourages
them to contact the West Los Angeles VA Medical Center which sees veterans
from all over the U.S.
Larry Wilcox is proof of how the right treatment can save your life. Dr.
Cameron operated on Wilcox almost a decade ago removing a large fibrous
tumor from his lung. According to Wilcox, “As a veteran, people
always ask, ‘Why did you join the Marine Corps?’ First, I
wanted to be the best and second, I didn’t want to be a hero but
I’m happy that I found a few heroes in this world. [Dr. Cameron]
is my hero.”
At the end of the segment, CBS plugged the upcoming
unMASKing the Cure for Cancer Gala which honors Dr. Cameron and raises money for the cutting edge research
being done at the Pacific Heart Lung & Blood Institute which is focused
on finding better treatments for mesothelioma and other chest cancers.