In the News

This is where you will find links to opinion editorials, videos, articles and other media coverage related to Michael Becker and his cancer diagnosis:


June 6, 2018 – A Biotech Executive Faces End-Stage Cancer As A Patient – Click here to read the article and/or view the video by Matthew Herper of Forbes.

May 24, 2018 – Yardley man has terminal illness, but can’t support GOP ‘right to try’– As he holds his own against terminal neck cancer, Michael Becker can relate to those who want to make experimental drugs more available to people with fatal illnesses. Click here to read the article by Marie McCullough of The Philadelphia Inquirer.

May 24, 2018 – Right To Try Act Poses Big Challenge For FDA – Click here to read the opinion editorial by Michael Becker for Shots!, health news from NPR.

May 22, 2018 – ‘Right to try’ legislation heads to the White House – The House on Tuesday passed “right to try” legislation that would allow people with life-threatening illnesses to bypass the Food and Drug Administration to obtain experimental medications, ending a drawn-out battle over access to unapproved therapies. Click here to read the article by Laurie McGinley for The Washington Post.

May 10, 2018 – HPV-Related Cancers Like Mine Are Avoidable, So Why Aren’t More Kids Being Vaccinated? – Cancer has turned me into an advocate for others.  Click here to read the article by Michael Becker as told to Jo Cavallo in The ASCO Post.

March 22, 2018 – House right-to-try experimental drugs bill succeeds on 2nd attempt Click here to read the article by Donna Young of S&P Global Market Intelligence.

March 14, 2018 – Support Builds, But ‘Right To Try’ Legislation Doesn’t Clear House – The measure lets terminally ill patients apply to try drugs that haven’t yet been approved for treatments. Click here to listen to a replay of the radio segment with host Joshua Johnson for 1A, which is produced by WAMU 88.5, and distributed by NPR.

March 6, 2018 – HPV is causing an oral cancer epidemic in men by outwitting natural defensesMichael Becker of Yardley has stepped up as the face of this immunological inequity. The 49-year-old former biotech executive is health-conscious, clean-living, happily married for 26 years – and battling terminal oropharyngeal cancer, the medical term for malignancies in parts of the mouth and throat. Click here to read the article by Marie McCullough of The Philadelphia Inquirer.

February 24, 2018 – One Man’s Fight to Prevent HPV Infections – Public health experts are sounding the alarm about a rise in head and neck cancers in men caused by the human papillomavirus, commonly referred to as HPV. For one man in particular, getting the word out has become a personal crusade. Click here to view a replay of the TV segment or click here for both the text and video by Dr. Jon LaPook of CBS This Morning Saturday.

February 21, 2018 – Trump pushing ahead on Koch-backed experimental drugs ‘Right to Try’ agenda – Congress is trying to pass a bill that would allow patients with life-threatening diseases to bypass the FDA in receiving experimental drug treatments. Click here to read the article by Rick Morgan of CNBC.

February 3, 2018 – Why A Cancer Patient Opposes The ‘Right To Try’ Experimental Cancer Drugs – Michael Becker is dying from cancer. But he tells NPR that he opposes the passage of the Right To Try Act, which gives terminally ill patients access to experimental drugs. Click here to listen to the interview by Scott Simon of NPR and/or read the transcript.

February 1, 2018 – I’m the ideal person to support right to try. But I can’t — it’s a disaster in the making Click here to read the opinion editorial by Michael Becker for STAT News.

December 20, 2017What I Wish I’d Known Before Head and Neck Cancer Treatment: Michael offers 10 tips from his experience with oropharyngeal cancer treatment, from how to get support to nutrition and oral care. Click here to view the slideshow on HealthCentral.

December 16, 2017The Infection Connection: One-fifth of all cancers are caused by viral infections. New treatment and prevention strategies are in the works. Click here to read the article by Arlene Weintraub of CURE Magazine.

December 6, 2017Walking with purpose after an HPV-related head and neck cancer diagnosisClick here to read the article by the NCI’s Center for Cancer Research.

December 1, 2017Young Men Should Be Required to Get the HPV Vaccine. It Would Have Saved Me From CancerClick here to read the opinion editorial by Michael Becker for The Daily Beast.

November 26, 2017Making final words count: Author urges vaccinations against HPVClick here to read the article by Ajhani Ayres of Republican-American ($ access).

November 22, 2017An awkward conversation about HPV in men will save lives — just not mineClick here to read the opinion editorial by Michael Becker for NBC THINK.

November 22, 2017According to a study published last month on Annals of Internal Medicine, a medical journal, males in the U.S. are contracting the human papillomavirus (HPV) at a higher rate than femalesClick here to read the article by Brittney L Jackson of USA TODAY Network.

November 7, 2017Know what’s worse than the risks of getting the HPV vaccine? Getting an HPV-related cancer. Trust me.Click here to read the opinion editorial by Michael Becker for STAT News.

October 30, 2017The news earlier this month that 1 in 9 men — some 11.5 percent — are infected with the oral form of human papillomavirus (HPV) didn’t surprise Michael Becker — but it does alarm himClick here to read the article by Steve Dorfman of the Palm Beach Post.

September 13, 2017Michael D. Becker, cancer survivor and author of “A Walk With Purpose: Memoir of a Bioentrepreneur” discusses how he realized that he had head and neck cancer –  Click here to view the video interview on CURE TV.

September 7, 2017What if you build, but they don’t come; Why Michael Becker Says Industry Must Help Promote HPV-Related Cancer Prevention – Click here to read the opinion editorial by Michael Becker for BioCentury (many, many thanks to BioCentury for making this important article freely available to both non-subscribers and subscribers!)

August 10, 2017Bucks County author Michael Becker talks about his memoir ‘A Walk with Purpose’Click here to listen to a replay of the 20-minute interview by Dave Heller of NPR member radio station WHYY for the NewsWorks Tonight Segment.

July 22, 2017A former biotech executive who’s living with terminal cancer wants to reset expectations about new cancer treatments – Click here to read the article by Lydia Ramsey of Business Insider.

July 13, 2017A Shot Could Have Prevented the Cancer That’s Killing Me – Click here to read the article by Diana Spechler of Tonic, a website and digital video channel that covers wellness, science and big-picture health issues.

July 12, 2017Man With Stage IV Cancer Urges HPV Vaccination in New Memoir – Click here to read the article by Lara DeSanto of HealthCentral.

July 9, 2017A Patient’s Warning – Click here to read the article by Marie McCullough of The Philadelphia Inquirer.

July 7, 2017This Bucks biotech exec got terminal cancer. It shattered his preconceived ideas on care – Click here to read the article by John George, Senior Reporter at the Philadelphia Business Journal ($ access)

June 23, 2017Former Oncology Biotech CEO Battling Terminal Cancer Gives Unique Insight in New Gripping Memoir – Click here to read the article for Let Life Happen by Barbara Jacoby, an award-winning blogger.

June 19, 2017A Walk with Purpose: Michael Becker’s Memoir on Fearlessly Embracing Change – Click here to read the article by Anna Idler of Bucks Happening, the premier digital magazine of Bucks County, PA.

June 15, 2017Man Who Dedicated Career To Fighting Cancer Now Battling Terminal Disease – Click here to read the article and/or view a replay of the television segment where Michael Becker is interviewed by reporter Anita Oh for CBS 3’s Eyewitness News.

June 1, 2017BioWorld’s 11th annual Summer Reading List– “A Walk with Purpose: Memoir of a Bioentrepreneur” is among the four dozen books included in BioWorld’s popular summer reading list – Click here to read the article by Marie Powers of BioWorld.

May 23, 2017 BioNJ’s BioPartnering event– BioNJ President and CEO, Debbie Hart, had the pleasure of presenting former BioNJ Chairman, Michael Becker, with a special award during BioNJ BioPartnering Meeting, in honor of Michael’s life’s work within the biopharmaceutical community.

May 19, 2017Anti-Cancer Club – Interview with author Michael D. Becker of “A Walk with Purpose: Memoir of a Bioentrepreneur” – Click here to read the article by the Anti-Cancer Club.