It is hard to overstate this. This. Is. Huge.
A woman with previous incurable breast cancer has no evidence of disease 22 months after being treated with a combination of immunotherapies.
The patient had gone through many different kinds of chemotherapy but still had large tumors growing in her. She was lucky enough to be chosen for a clinical trial.
The trial had several parts:
- Her tumor was studied to see what changes (mutations) were present in the cancer cells.
- Immune cells (T cells) found in the woman's tumor samples were then tested to see if they could recognize any of the mutated proteins.
- Those T cells were then put back into the woman, along with a drug that prevents the cancer from shutting down the immune system.
She was also treated to make the T cells have a better chance of surviving once they were put back into her body.
The end result - Tumors that had been the size of tennis balls are GONE! Amazing results for her and incredible hope for the future (hopefully near future). Wow...