A diagnosis of terminal cancer leaves many without hope, but an innovative treatment has restored faith to doctors and, above all, to patients. After being part of an experimental clinical study, Judy Perkins was cured of breast cancer without undergoing chemotherapy, and since her recovery, many have felt encouraged by her story.
Engineering Insider is eager to share this good news because this discovery has changed the rules of the game on how we combat cancer.
One battle ends, another begins
In 2003, Judy Perkins, a New Yorker engineer, received unexpected news: she had breast cancer in its early stage. Soon after, she underwent a mastectomy and went back to living her regular life. However, in 2013, Judy discovered that the disease had returned, but this time, cancer had spread to metastasis.
A treatment that was off the market
LAND!! Short break in Tavernier before paddling north to Key Largo. Yes, Bob bought me a Diet Coke.
Doctors put her through conventional treatments such as chemotherapy and hormonal therapy, but Judy wasn’t responding well to them. Nothing seemed to work. However, 2 years later, she had a stroke of luck. In a class on immunotherapy, she came across Stephanie Goff, a member of the National Cancer Institute. Stephanie told her that she was conducting clinical trials of pioneer cancer treatments based on immunotherapy and Judy signed up to participate in the study.