Bob Berry, a lung cancer patient who had been given 18 months to live by his doctors, has since been declared cancer free. The Stockport native was put on a clinical drug trial 12 months ago. The treatment regime they used on him combined the drug with immunotherapy to improve its effectiveness.
What is Immunotherapy?
Immunotherapy uses the body’s immune system to help fight cancer cells. According to Dr Krebs, Bob’s consultant, Immunotherapy stimulates the immune system to recognise cancer cells.
When the 60-year-old was diagnosed with terminal Lung Cancer 3 years ago, the tumours were surgically removed. Unfortunately, they had spread to the lymph nodes as well.
Bob was referred to the Christie Centre where he underwent a gruesome course of Chemotherapy and Radiation Therapy. His body was not responsive to the treatment and he was given 12 to 18 months to live.
In the past years, cancer has been traditionally treated using either one of the following methods: Chemotherapy, Radiotherapy or Surgery. These courses of treatment aggressively target the immune system, leaving patients with little or no defence.
However, there are complementary and alternative cancer treatments that target and kill cancer cells less aggressively and also strengthen the immune system. Some of the alternative cancer treatments include: IPT, Peptide Therapy, Chelation Therapy, Whole-body Hyperthermia, Metronomic Therapy and Immunotherapy. All these cancer treatment protocols treat cancer by safely killing only the cancer cells and rebuilding the patient’s immune system.
Effectiveness of Alternative Cancer Treatments
The effectiveness of these alternative treatments relies a lot on how far the tumours have spread and also the type of cancer. In cases where cancer is diagnosed at a later stage, Alternative Treatments are used alongside orthodox methods.
Researchers continue to study and develop new cancer treatment drugs that will fight cancer cells without suppressing the immune system. By combining the drugs with immunotherapy, the immune system would work better at fighting cancer cells. Clinical drug trials on this protocol are still ongoing with a few reported cases of success.
Following the disappointing results of the chemo and radiotherapies, Bob participated in a clinical drug trial of a new treatment. According to Bob, he had a short time to live and had nothing to lose by participating in the trial. Since the trial, he has not reported pain or side effects to the treatment.
His latest screenings have shown no traces of cancer left in his body. “Bob has had a phenomenal response to taking part in this clinical trial,” Dr Krebs said. “His most recent scans show that he’s had a complete response with no apparent trace of tumour in his body.”
In Bob’s own words: “Three years ago, I was given 12 to 18 months to live but I have already surpassed that and I feel well. At the end of the day, this clinical trial at The Christie has extended my life and I couldn’t be more grateful.”
Bob’s response to a combination of conventional treatment and immunotherapy is phenomenal and proves that Immunotherapy should be an integral part of cancer treatment.
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Source: ITV News