A patient who was suffering from cancer has stunned the doctors when the pioneering treatment removed 70 potentially deadly tumors in just 12 weeks, writes the “Daily Mail”.
Ian Brooks (47) was fighting with a rare form of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, a cancer that affects the immune system. After several unsuccessful attempts of treatment, he thought he would die soon. And then, as a last choice, Brooks was offered a new cure.
Only 12 weeks later, the doctors who treated him at the hospital in Manchester were amazed when they discovered that his body is completely clean. This auto-mechanic from Bolton became the first person outside the USA who used the cure Brentuximab Vedotin.
It is a type of monoclonal antibodies that search specific proteins on the outside of the cancer cells, and then destroy them from the inside. This method of treatment has proved to be very successful and it is now available to a wider range of patients.
“I would not be here today if it was not for the revolutionary work that is done in the hospital. My specialist at the hospital was so excited when he saw the results and immediately showed them to me. I had about 70 tumors in my body and they disappeared just like that. It is an amazing feeling”, he said.
About 1 500 cases of non-Hodgkin lymphoma are recorded in the UK every year, and Brooks suffered from even more rare form of the disease, known as Anaplastic large cell lymphoma. He was diagnosed with it in 2001, and at the beginning he responded well to the treatment. However, the disease returned in 2008. He had stem cell transplantation, but the cancer returned and spread throughout his body. It was a matter of time when he will die.
At that time, his condition was so bad that he voluntarily allowed them to test the new cure on him.
In just 24 hours after taking the cure, there were incredible signs of improvement. “The cure can be applied rapidly and has very few side effects. He is now in remission and we are now more confident that he will be cured, “said Dr. Adam Gibb.
Ian says that he was at the state when he thought he had lost the battle with the disease. When they offered him to try the new cure, he was very nervous.
“I felt like a guinea pig, but I did not think too much. It was a matter of life and death. I knew that I was going to die in a week or two if I do not try it”, he said, and added that the cure could have even heavier impact on him than the chemotherapy, but his body reacted very quickly.
“Everything is kind of blurry, vague, but I remember when they gave me the cure, it is like a type of chemotherapy. I spent the following week in the hospital. The doctors said that for a few days I looked awful, and I did not feel well. But as they were checking the results, they realized that it is because the body is eliminating all dead cancer cells, and therefore, it was actually a good thing.
I had two big lumps on my forehead, and then I woke up one morning and noticed that they were not there anymore. I was amazed. The recovery was physically exhausting, but also incredibly successful. I am very grateful to everyone who helped me”, he added.