Behind The Latest Breast Cancer Research | On Point

Behind The Latest Breast Cancer Research | On Point

Behind The Latest Breast Cancer Research | On Point

One shows that women who receive chemo might not actually need it. She said the study gives hope to patients that immunotherapy may work where other therapies don't.

Then Perkins found Dr. Steven Rosenberg at the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

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The findings were released at the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) meeting in Chicago, the world's largest annual cancer conference.

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A test that targets particular genes in breast cancer tissue has meant fewer women have had to endure chemotherapy in recent years. Medical practitioners who are handling the case of Judy at the National Cancer Institute, Maryland, the USA, said, "The response that they receive from the therapy is unbelievable, as it eliminated all the cancerous cells effectively and she has now been free from the disease since her treatment".

But today, 2-years cancer-free, Perkins is being hailed as a success story in an experimental, highly-customized cancer therapy.

It's hard to find a person who hasn't been affected by cancer in some way, and for those of us who have had the sickness or lost someone to the sickness, it seems that cancer research and treatment moves at a slower-than-molasses pace.

"This research is experimental right now".

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The doctors multiplied these T cells in the laboratory, generating as many as 80 billion new cells that were then injected back into Perkins's system.

"The very mutations that cause cancer turn out to be its Achilles heel", Rosenberg told the BBC.

Rosenberg believes Perkins' cells are still working to keep her cancer free.

'I think it had been maybe 10 days since I'd gotten the cells, and I could already feel that tumor starting to get soft, ' Perkins said.

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By doing that, they also asked if she wanted to participate in a clinical trial researching whether the no-chemo route was effective. "Among the remaining half, 30-35% may require undergoing Oncotype DX test to predict risk of recurrence and chemotherapy need", Dr Deo said. After that, the scientists took the immune cells from Judy's body known as TILs (tumor infiltrating lymphocytes).

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