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    Elizabeth Edwards Dies of Cancer

    Edwards, 61, Was First Diagnosed With Breast Cancer in 2004

    Edwards' Breast Cancer continued...

    When she talked to WebMD in 2009, Edwards said that to treat her stage IV breast cancer, she took a chemotherapy drug at home, another cancer drug intravenously every two weeks, and a third drug that helps protect the bones when cancer has spread to the bones.

    Even so, Edwards didn't shy away from the fact that she could die of her cancer. And she voiced regret about not getting routine screening mammograms as often as recommended.

    "I didn't get screened the way I should have," Edwards told WebMD in 2009. "As a result, I found out later than I could have" about the original cancer, Edwards added that not getting screened "does not change the reality. It only changes your options," as early diagnosis can make a difference in treatment.

    But throughout her treatment, Edwards emphasized her life, not her risk of death.

    She was passionate about her children and health care reform, and she said she didn't fear dying after living through the death of her first child, Wade, in a car accident in 1996, when Wade was 16.

    Edwards is survived by her husband, John, her daughters, Cate and Emma Claire, and her son, Jack.

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