Immunotherapy has already changed a lot of lives across the world through helping slow down or stop certain types of cancer altogether. Here is one of their success stories
Danny Dimabuyu, a 56-year-old who worked as a security guard, was diagnosed with melanoma or skin cancer. He tried radiotherapy for a few months and was declared cancer-free. However, he first noticed a cyst that was growing near one of his armpits even after the treatment.
The doctor told Danny that his skin cancer has returned and spread throughout his body. All hope seems to have been lost until his doctor gave him immunotherapy as a treatment option.
Danny even asked if he needed to shaved his head for the treatment, but the doctor said that that would not be needed. The side effects of immunotherapy are more manageable compared to chemotherapy, which is the most popular treatment option for cancer in the Philippines.
“Nung nagumpisa ako tinanong ko si Doc Regala ‘Doc magpapakalbo na ba ako? Magpapakalbo na ako’ Sabi niya ‘Hindi! Wag ka magpakalbo. Hindi sya chemo, immunotherapy. Iba yung chemo’,” said Danny.
Even before all the doses of immunotherapy were done, Danny was declared cancer-free. However, they still finished the full set of recommended doses just to be sure.
Danny said: “Nung pagkasaksak nung gamot, wala ako naramdaman. Nung una ineexpect ko manghihina ako. Nung pangalawang PET CT scan ko, naging maganda na yung resulta..yung anim na nakita nila (tumor) at pati sa tiyan pang-pito, nawala lahat yun.”
Danny is sharing his story now to inspire cancer patients to not lose hope.