Some of the following story is adapted from a BBC News report by Philippa Roxby Health, dated 23 November 2019.
The original trial of ipilimumab was in 2005. It’s a tear-jerker story of Sharon Belvin, who was dying. Sharon was a 22 year old grad student just two weeks away from her wedding when she received news that would forever change her life. Sharon was diagnosed with late stage melanoma, a skin cancer that spreads easily, that had metastasized to her lungs. But the cancer was completely destroyed by the new drug in 12 months.
WHAT IS IMMUNOTHERAPY? It is a treatment that does not kill cancer cells itself but instead stimulates the body’s immune system to attack them.… More