WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW:
- Judy Perkins, a woman from Florida who was diagnosed with a terminal breast cancer and was given just months to live, is now cancer-free.
- Researchers said that an experimental immunotherapy diminished the tumor until it completely disappears.
- Currently, Perkins is recovering by enjoying her new life—kayaking, backpacking, and traveling.
Forty-nine-year-old Judy Perkins was diagnosed with advanced breast cancer and was told by her doctors that she has given only three months to live, the BBC reported.
The cancer was spreading quickly throughout her body that she’s given up hope. Perkins said she had “tennis ball-sized tumors” in her liver and “secondary cancers throughout her body.” A conventional therapy is no longer an option as it would not be of any help.
Perkins underwent a pioneering new therapy that pumped 90 billion cancer-killing immune cells into her body. She swore she felt changes right away.
“About a week after [the therapy] I started to feel something, I had a tumor in my chest that I could feel shrinking. It took another week or two for it to completely go away,” Perkins told the BBC.
She remembered how the medical staff “were all very excited and jumping around,” obviously cheering her up after her first scan. Perkins was told there is a big possibility that she will be cured. The tumors started to diminish.
The U.S. National Cancer Institute reminded that the therapy was still in experimental stages but it could likely change cancer treatment. Dr. Steven Rosenberg, the chief of surgery at the institute, said the therapy started after examining a person’s tumor then using the patient’s own white blood cells to attack the cancer. The scientists “screen the patient’s white blood cells and extract those capable of attacking the cancer” and then grow the cells.
“The very mutations that cause cancer turn out to be its Achilles heel,” Rosenberg told the BBC. “This is highly experimental and we’re just learning how to do this, but potentially it is applicable to any cancer.”
“At lot of works needs to be done, but the potential exists for a paradigm shift in cancer therapy – a unique drug for every cancer patient – it is very different to any other kind of treatment,” Rosenberg added.
Source: Fox News