Immunotherapy helps patient find new hope in cancer treatments
Jeff Habermel’s journey to three-time cancer survivor has been a rollercoaster of emotions. “Is this a death sentence?” That question came during the darkest period, after his melanoma diagnosis. But it was UofL Health – James Graham Brown Cancer Center who offered him new hope with immunotherapy.
“Dr. Chesney looked at me and my wife, and said it was his goal to see that I would live until I was 90,” said the 58-year-old Habermel. “Incredibly powerful words to a person who was looking at three strikes and you’re out. In the words of the great Lou Gehrig I now consider myself the luckiest man alive.”
Immunotherapy treatment engages and energizes parts of a person's own immune system to fight diseases such as cancer. It is typically done by stimulating, or boosting, natural defenses so an immune system works harder or smarter to find and attack cancer cells.