It was a great experiment for that patient who has recovered from cancer after the injection of a drug.
My recovery with immunotherapy has been miraculous, says patient with cancer
In 2012, when he was only 39 years old, Raúl, an administrative assistant in Burgos (Spain), was diagnosed with cancer of the esophagus and stomach. All started when he participated in a race and noticed that he felt bad, his legs were swollen and he had a hard time swallowing.
After the diagnosis, I was operated on, I went through chemotherapy and radiotherapy, and I got over it. However, at two years I had a relapse, which started with back pain, so at first thought that it was a low back pain.
Thus, after performing a TAC, they detected metastases in a vertebra. He began treatment for radiotherapy and chemotherapy but did not improve, even cancer spread to the pelvis. It was then he started having difficulty walking.
The good news of the clinical trial
He arrived at the Clínica Universidad de Navarra in a wheelchair, where he was offered a clinical trial with immunotherapy in April 2016.
Immunotherapy is the strategy that has changed the most today in the fight against cancer, reveals Dr. José Luis Pérez Gracia, oncologist, and co-director of the Unidad Central de Ensayos Clínicos de la Clínica.
Thus, immunotherapeutic drugs stimulate the body’s immune system to be more active against tumors. More specifically, immunotherapy lies in the treatment of cancer, not directly affecting the tumor cells, but activating the patient’s immune system to react against the tumor.
By working on these mechanisms of our immune system we help the tumor regress, says the specialist.