Woman reveals ‘magical’ cancer treatment after being told she had months to live

A woman opened up about being cancer free after taking part in an experimental trial – just after being told that she had months to live.

Judy Perkins was diagnosed with Stage IV breast cancer in 2013, but later turned to an experimental treatment at the National Institute of Health in 2015.

Back in 2003, she found out that she had stage zero breast cancer and had a mastectomy, chemotherapy and hormone therapy. After this, Judy believed that she was cancer free.

But 10 years later she found out that her cancer was back.

Speaking to Eamonn Holmes and Ruth Langsford via a video link, Judy said that she knew she had a "death sentence" after hearing the news from her doctor.

She then heard about an Immunotherapy trial and met Stephanie Goff, M.D., of the National Cancer Institute’s Center for Cancer Research .

Stephanie had been teaching a class about immunotherapy for Project Lead, a group that was attempting to educate about breast cancer.

After she mentioned that she was conducting a clinical trial, Stephanie later told Judy that she would be a good candidate and had her enrolled.

Judy then began the treatment in August 2013 and started treatment the following month.

"I could feel that tumour was shrinking so i knew that the treatment was working," she said. "The tumours had shrunk by 60 per cent."

This Morning’s Dr Zoe explained that the treatment involved using your own immune system to combat the cancer. The trial involved injecting Judy with 90 billion white blood cells.

Asked how she felt now she was cancer-free, she said: "It’s been a gradual process, I’ve just recently added more bucket list items to my plate… but I would caution that while this treatment has been magical for me it hasn’t been magical for others."

*This Morning airs weekdays at 10.30am on ITV

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