Woman is Cancer-free thanks to Experimental Medicines

A woman who was given a devastating cancer diagnosis is now cancer-free after taking part in a clinical trial with experimental medicines.

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"thankfully I started to respond well to the treatment."

A woman with severe breast cancer was given just one year to live.

But she has now been miraculously cleared after taking part in a clinical trial with experimental medicines.

In November 2017, Jasmin David discovered she had an aggressive triple-negative form of breast cancer after finding a lump above the nipple.

She underwent six months of chemotherapy and a mastectomy in April 2018, followed by 15 cycles of radiotherapy which cleared the body of cancer.

But in October 2019, the cancer returned and spread to Jasmin’s lungs, lymph nodes and chest bone.

Jasmin was given the devastating news that she had less than a year to live.

Two months later, Jasmin was offered the opportunity to take part in a phase I (early phase) clinical trial.

She began a two-year trial at the National Institute for Health and Care Research (NIHR) Manchester Clinical Research Facility (CRF) at The Christie in Manchester.

Jasmin received an experimental medicine combined with Atezolizumab, an immunotherapy drug administered intravenously, which she continues to have every three weeks.

Now, Jasmin is showing no evidence of cancer and is enjoying life with her husband David and their grown-up children, Ryan and Riona.

Jasmin explained: “I was 15 months down the line after my initial cancer treatment and had almost forgotten about it, but then the cancer returned.

“When I was offered the trial I didn’t know if it would work for me, but I thought that at least I could do something to help others and use my body for the next generation.

“At first I had many horrible side effects including headaches and spiking temperatures, so I was in hospital over Christmas and quite poorly.

“Then thankfully I started to respond well to the treatment.”

Jasmin is now looking forward to planning her future, knowing she will be able to celebrate milestones with her family.

Woman is Cancer-free thanks to Experimental Medicines

She continued: “I celebrated my 50th birthday in February 2020 while still in the middle of treatment and not knowing what the future held.

“Two and a half years ago I thought it was the end and I now feel like I’ve been reborn.”

“There is a change in my life after returning from India to see family in April and I have decided to take early retirement and to live my life in gratitude to God and to medical science.

“My family have been very supportive of this decision.

“I will be celebrating my 25th wedding anniversary in September. I have so much to look forward to.

“My Christian faith helped me a lot on this journey and the prayers and support from family and friends gave me strength to face the challenge.”

By June 2021, scans showed no measurable cancer cells in her body and she was cancer-free.

Jasmin will continue to receive the treatment until December 2023.

Professor Fiona Thistlethwaite, Medical Oncologist and Clinical Director of Manchester CRF at The Christie, who is leading the study in the UK, said:

“We are really pleased that Jasmin has had such a good outcome.

“At The Christie we are continually testing new drugs and therapies to see if they can benefit more people.”

Dhiren is a journalism graduate with a passion for gaming, watching films and sports. He also enjoys cooking from time to time. His motto is to “Live life one day at a time.”