When most people hear that they have Stage 4 cancer, they tend to think all hope is lost. However, a new treatment is restoring faith to doctors and patients alike. After taking part in an experimental clinical study, Judy Perkins discovered her breast cancer had vanished without any chemotherapy. This gave hope to thousands of others going through the same thing. How exactly did her cancer disappear without conventional treatment? Read on to find out her incredible story.
Woman Cures Stage 4 Breast Cancer in 2 Months Without Chemotherapy…Here’s How She Did It
Judy’s battle with cancer
Judy Perkins got the unpleasant news in 2003 that she had the early stages of breast cancer. Soon after, she got a mastectomy and got back to her regularly scheduled life. However, 10 years later, Judy found that the disease had returned and had become full-blown metastasis.
An unconventional treatment
Doctors offered Judy the most common treatments such as chemotherapy and immunotherapy, but she didn’t respond to them. Two years later, though, she had a renewed sense of hope after coming across an unusual treatment for cancer. In a class on immunotherapy, she met Stephanie Goff, a member of the National Cancer Institute. Stephanie told her she was doing clinical trials of groundbreaking cancer treatments using immunotherapy, so Judy immediately decided to sign up to be a part of the study.
The immunotherapy treatment
The doctors took out some immune cells from Judy’s body. They then evaluated what happened when the cells came in contact with cancerous cells. Once they figured out which immune cells attacked the cancerous cells, they took the cells to the lab. Scientists kept them here for a few months while the immune cells multiplied and increased in potency. Once the immune cells were strong enough, doctors injected them back into Judy’s body.
Cancer-free in 2 months
At the beginning of the treatment, Judy felt very sick and suffered from chills, pain, and fatigue daily. However, Judy kept at it because she knew the treatment was working. “I started to notice that the tumor pinching the nerve in my arm seemed to be causing me less pain,” she said. “After a week or 2, it was pretty much gone.’’ She noticed the same results with the tumor near her heart. The treatment was successful, and in less than 2 months, Judy’s cancer eradicated. She’s been cancer-free now since 2016.
The mastermind behind this breast cancer treatment
The doctor who came up with immunotherapy is Dr. Steven Rosenberg, Chief of Surgery at the National Cancer Institute, and a pioneer in immunotherapy research. “I think it’s the most promising treatment now being explored for solving the problem of the treatment of metastatic, common cancers,” he shared. It may not cure every patient’s breast cancer, but it can certainly provide a new solution to many people.