Imagine if the long awaited cure for cancer was as simple as a vaccine? Well, that’s cure actually exists, or at least is in the process of being tested.
Kelly Potter, 35, has become one of the first patients to be injected with this cancer vaccine, which is designed to stimulate the immune system so that it recognizes tumors and destroys them wherever they may be. Kelly was recently diagnosed with stage four cervical cancer, meaning the cancer had spread to different parts of her body. That was when Kelly enrolled in the cancer vaccine trials that will run over two years with 30 volunteers.
These volunteers will also be prescribed low doses of chemotherapy to “lift the brakes” from the immune system, which usually gets stumped in cancer patients so that it starts attacking the patient’s own body and does not recognize cancer cells.
Ms. Potter has been injected with one vaccine to date, and still has 7 to go before she completes the treatment. And despite being warned that she may experience flu-like symptoms, Kelly says she has yet to feel any.
We’ll be keeping our fingers crossed for you, Kelly, and for all other patients that have high hopes of being cured! Stay strong!