Jo Cunningham,

Posting since December 09, 2019

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Article Talk: Exploring the Link Between Infertility and Prostate Cancer
December 09, 2019
I was diagnosed with Stage IV Papillary Thyroid Cancer in 2011. I had two standard RAI treatments and had no response. Doctors predicted I would die within the next 3-5 years. On a whim, my oncologist sent a two-year old lung biopsy for genetic testing. Test results revealed I had PD1/PDL1 antibodies. I started treatment immediately with Votrient and Keytruda. Six months later, all cancer disappeared. This was 2015. I remain cancer free four years later.

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Article Talk: How Genetic Testing Saved One Woman's Life
December 09, 2019
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Article Talk: When Beating Cancer Means Battling the System
June 23, 2019
My story is almost identical. I was suppose to be dead circa 2015 as I did not respond to standard cancer treatment. By chance, I was referred to a terrific oncologist after my endocrinologist said that there was nothing else he could do for me. I asked my new oncologist if I could have a genome evaluation using a two-year old lung biopsy. Turns out I had the right genetic profile for the Immunotherapy drug Opdivo. Together, my oncologist and I fought to get money for the drug ($22,000 per month) as the drug was not approved by the FDA for my particular type of cancer. Today, I am cancer free and advocate for the FDA to approve cancer drugs based on genetic profiling instead

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