Her Headaches Sent Her to the Hospital. Now Look At Her MRI …It’s Shocking!
Twenty-year-old nursing student Stephanie Lipscomb began to get headaches that were bad enough to send her to the hospital. But her problems were just beginning. Stephanie was diagnosed with glioblastoma, with a tumor the size of a tennis ball.
Glioblastoma is a cancer that starts in the brain’s astrocytes, or star-shaped cells. It’s highly aggressive and can spread quickly, since it makes its own blood supply. It’s also a common form of brain cancer; 1 in 5 brain cancers are glioblastoma.
Radiation and chemotherapy destroyed 98% of Stephanie’s tumor, but then the cancer returned. There were no other options for treatment, except an experimental one where polio virus is injected directly into the brain. Doctors admitted they didn’t know what the virus would do, but it was worth a try, since there was nothing to lose. But then the treatment actually worked.
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The Preston Robert Tisch Brain Tumor Center at Duke University is pioneering this breakthrough treatment. The polio virus stimulates the body’s immune system to fight the cancerous tumor. Researchers have discovered that a low dose of the virus works best, because it defeats the tumor without causing side effects like inflammation and seizures. Annick Desjardins, M.D., said, “The purpose of a phase 1 trial is to identify the optimal dose to minimize toxicity.”
After 21 months of treatment, Stephanie’s tumor was gone and she had a clear MRI. Her doctor, Dr. Henry Friedman, said he hoped the answer would come up “sevens.” It did.