Women's Health

In Historic First, Woman Is Cured of Stage 4 Breast Cancer

Despite negative side effects from one of the medications, the therapy led her into remission

For Perkins, the hardest part was the side effects she experienced from a drug known as interleukin. The drug triggers flu-like symptoms, including high fever, nausea, and uncontrollable shivering.

However, within 2 weeks’ time, she literally started to feel the tumors in her chest wall shrinking. After 42 weeks, Perkins’s test results revealed that she was completely cancer-free. “It feels miraculous and I am beyond amazed that I have now been free of cancer for two years. Experts may call it extended remission but I call it a cure,” she said. To this day, Dr. Rosenberg strongly believes that Perkins’s cancer-fighting cells are continuously working to keep her cancer from coming back. “Circulating in her body are large numbers of cells we administered to her two and half years ago. This is just one treatment that’s necessary because the cells are alive. They’re part of Judy. They are Judy Perkins,” he said.