BEACON TRANSCRIPT – A Florida woman given only three months to live says that she managed to win the battle against cancer with the help of experimental treatment. Judy Perkins of Port Lucie now lives a cancer-free life. The woman said if not for a one-in-a-million shot experimental treatment, she would have died.
Experimental Treatment Based on Reverse Engineered White Cells
During a recent BBC interview, Judy Perkins, a 52-year-old woman from Port Lucie, Florida, shared her life’s story.
Two and a half years ago, the woman was diagnosed with an aggressive form of breast cancer. Following the grim diagnosis, underwent surgery. As part of her cancer treatment, Judy has had a total mastectomy as all as having all her lymph nodes removed.
Post-surgery, the woman had several rounds of hormonal and chemotherapy. Sadly, the doctors told Mrs. Perkins that all attempts to keep her cancer from spreading failed.
Before the experimental treatment, Judy’s cancer had spread to her liver and chest. The doctors had given Judy three months to live.
As the Florida woman recalls, soon after she received the devasting news, she was approached by Dr. Steven Rosenberg from the National Institutes of Health.
Rosenberg wanted to sign up Mrs. Perkins for a highly experimental treatment. The woman agreed, regardless of the outcome.
As the doctor explained, the first step of Mrs. Perkins therapy was to study her white cells to see which ones can detect genetic mutations. Step two was growing these white cells in the lab and reprogramming them to fight against cancer.
The last of the therapy was injecting those cells back into the patient. Over the course of several days, Mrs. Perkins has been injected with approximately 90 billion reprogrammed white cells.
The experimental treatment proved to be successful. Mrs. Perkins is now cancer free.
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