LIFESTYLE & HEALTH

'It Feels Miraculous!' Woman With Breast Cancer Was Given Months To Live. Then, A Radical Treatment Turned Things Around

June 7, 2018 10:42

52-year-old Judy Perkins went from thinking she was going to die in a matter of months to having a full, healthy life ahead of her. And she's not taking any of her blessings for granted.

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Judy was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2003. She had a mastectomy, but, unfortunately, the cancer returned ten years later. In 2015, the tumors had spread to her liver and lymph nodes. She underwent several treatments, which she described as 'exhausting.'

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She even resigned from her job as she prepared to die. However, a revolutionary immunotherapy treatment made a massive difference in her life. 

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The treatment involved killing Judy's plum-sized tumors with her own white blood cells. And, amazingly, it worked, and she has now been cancer-free for two years.

Judy Perkins / Facebook

In an interview to DailyMail, she said:

It feels miraculous and I am beyond amazed that I have now been free of cancer for two years. Experts may call it extended remission but I call it a cure.

Judy Perkins / Facebook

She revealed that she began feeling a difference as early as two weeks after she started the treatment.  Her doctors were overjoyed and simply could not believe how far she had come. 

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This is the first time this treatment, referred to as 'adoptive cell transfer,' was successfully used to treat breast cancer. And, hopefully, within five years, it will be available to more patients who desperately need it. Judy said she had given up when her condition got terribly worse. It got so bad that, because one of the tumors was pressing on her nerve, she could not move or else she would be in severe pain.

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"I had given up fighting," she commented about that experience. Nowadays, though, she's hiking, running and leading a full, fantastic life.

Judy Perkins / Facebook

Judy was the first-ever patient to get the adoptive cell transfer treatment for breast cancer. In order to create a personalized and unique treatment, they removed one of her tumors to determine its 'signature.'

Judy Perkins / Facebook

The 'signature' refers to the genetic mutations that make each type of cancer unique. The scientists discovered that, in Judy's case, her white blood cells could destroy some of the mutations. Amazingly, they were able to use her own cells to fight her cancer.

The researchers expected her to survive for only a few months, but Judy's case turned out to be an inspiring miracle. Now, scientists are researching the procedure even more deeply to figure out how to get the body's natural defences to fight cancers like this.

Source: DailyMail

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