(nypost.com) – Two and a half years ago, doctors told a Florida woman battling breast cancer that she had just three months to live.
Judy Perkins, 52, of Port St. Lucie, is now cancer free thanks to an experimental treatment that harnessed billions of her own immune cells, reported the BBC.
Perkins had a mastectomy and all her lymph nodes removed and went through chemotherapy and hormonal therapy. When all those methods failed to halt the spread of cancer to her chest and liver, she was sure she was going to die — that is, until she met Dr. Steven Rosenberg at the National Institutes of Health.
Rosenberg studied Perkins’ immune cells, finding those white blood cells capable of detecting genetic mutations and fighting cancer. Scientists then extracted those cells and grew them in a lab before injecting her with 90 billion of them.
“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 told CBS. “By then I was like, ‘Dang, this is really working.’”
Rosenberg believes Perkins’ cells are still working to keep her cancer free.