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Surviving Cancer Through Immunotherapy

Cancer immunotherapy is revolutionizing treatment today. Clinical successes are on the rise as these treatments become available to more patients with different types of cancer.

As part of its second annual Cancer Immunotherapy Month in June 2014, the Cancer Research Institute launched a new website called TheAnswertoCancer.org that seeks to engage, educate, and empower patients and their loved ones to learn more about cancer immunotherapy as a treatment option across numerous tumor types.

We unveiled one new patient success story a day throughout June 2014, where they shared their experiences across a broad range of cancers including melanoma, prostate cancer, leukemia, lung cancer, ovarian cancer, and others, on TheAnswertoCancer.org. Meet the people who have benefitted from the scientific breakthroughs in cancer immunotherapy research that are saving lives and transforming cancer medicine.

As a major initiative of the month, CRI will profile immunotherapy patient success stories—one per day, each day in June—across a broad range of cancers including melanoma, prostate cancer, leukemia, lung cancer, ovarian cancer, and others. - See more at: http://www.cancerresearch.org/news/2014/May/Cancer-Research-Institute-Announces-Second-Annual-Cancer-Immunotherapy-Month#sthash.ufacrtof.dpuf

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1

Daniel

Melanoma
For Daniel, 78, a life spent outdoors under the hot Australian sun came with a cost: melanoma.

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2

Pam

Lung Cancer
After failing chemo and radiation, Pam, 65, was told by doctors she was incurable.

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3

Carley

Ewing's Sarcoma
Carley, 19, was headed off to college when she learned her cancer had returned. Rather than endure another brutal round ...

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4

Dennis

Leukemia
Father Dennis, 60, found no contradiction between his Catholic faith and the power of immunotherapy.

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5

Theresa

Melanoma
Therese, 54, a pathologist, knew her odds of beating recurrent melanoma with conventional therapy were slim.

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6

Isadore

Prostate Cancer
When Isadore, 57, was seeking support for survivors of prostate cancer, he found there was none. So he decided to create...

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7

Mary Elizabeth

Melanoma
In 2011, the 40-year-old writer faced the unbearable thought of leaving her husband and children without a wife and moth...

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8

Jedd

Physician-Scientist
Dr. Jedd Wolchok knows how important clinical trials are to scientific progress. But he's even more excited about how th...

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9

KayEllen

Ovarian Cancer
KayEllen, 61, survived ovarian cancer with the help of her daughter Nicole, her go-to immunotherapy expert.

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10

Jesse

Pancreatic Cancer
With the help of immunotherapy, Jesse, 65, battled advanced pancreatic cancer—and won.

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11

Cynthia

Oncology Nurse
Cynthia, an oncology nurse at Mount Sinai Hospital, has a front row seat for immunotherapy. Hear what she's learned.

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12

Dave

Kidney Cancer
Dave, 49, learned that immunotherapy could help him get his life back after battling kidney cancer.

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13

Helena

Melanoma
When doctors told Helena they would have to amputate her leg due to cancer, they weren't counting on her traveling acros...

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14

Luc

Melanoma
With stage 4 melanoma and his fate uncertain, Luc, 43, is not wasting any time. In addition to participating in a promis...

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15

Brad

Brain Cancer
When doctors told star athlete Brad, 55, that he had 2 months to live, his wife was 7 months pregnant. That was 11 years...

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16

Milton

Leukemia
By age 18, Milton had already battled cancer three times. Thanks to a novel immunotherapy using his own T cells, he may ...

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17

Diane

Breast Cancer
When Diane, 67, enrolled in a clinical trial of a therapeutic breast cancer vaccine, she was thinking of her daughters a...

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18

Joe

Prostate Cancer
A leader in men's health, Joe, 71, knows that the best weapon against prostate cancer is knowledge.

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19

Denise

Ovarian Cancer
When her ovarian cancer returned a third time, Denise, 40, turned to an experimental immunotherapy trial using her own T...

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20

Dax

Melanoma
Dax was only 34 when he found out he had stage 4 melanoma. Thanks to a promising new immunotherapy drug, he is celebrati...

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21

Joseph

Prostate Cancer
Joseph, 54, went to MD Anderson Cancer Center for treatment for prostate cancer. Lucky for him, his doctor recommended a...

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22

Henrik

Melanoma
Danish engineer Henrik, 63, has battled cancer on just about every continent. A trip from Chile to California may have b...

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23

Joseph

Melanoma
By the time Joseph, 44, found out about immunotherapy, his stage 4 melanoma was spreading unchecked throughout his body....

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24

Michael

Lymphoma
Financier Michael wouldn’t have considered scuba diving, running marathons, or hiking the Grand Canyon. But a diagnosis ...

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25

Sergei

Lymphoma
When Sergei, 54, learned he had follicular lymphoma, he sought out an experimental vaccine trial at Mount Sinai Hospital...

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26

Barbara

Ovarian Cancer
Barb, 62, wasn't satisfied with standard treatment for ovarian cancer, so she sought out expert advice from the immunoth...

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27

Antoni

Physician-Scientist
The list of patients whose lives have been changed by Dr. Antoni Ribas of UCLA's Jonsson Cancer Center is long and growi...

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28

Donald

Sarcoma
Donald, 75, has the honor of being one of the oldest surviving patients treated with the world's first immunotherapy: Co...

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29

Dee

Melanoma
The renowned basketball coach can't speak highly enough about his treatment with an experimental cancer vaccine pioneere...

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30

Kevin

Melanoma
The 28-year-old writer used his time battling stage 3 melanoma to pen his memoir, in the hopes it might help someone els...