Indian Origin Woman Who Was Given Few Months To Live Now Cancer Free After Drug Trial In UK

Jasmin David is now celebrating after doctors say she is showing no evidence of breast cancer following a clinical trial at a hospital in the UK.

Tanya Srivastava
Written by: Tanya SrivastavaPublished at: Jul 07, 2022Updated at: Jul 07, 2022
Indian Origin Woman Who Was Given Few Months To Live Now Cancer Free After Drug Trial In UK

An Indian-origin 51 year old woman who was given just months to live a few years ago by the doctors is now celebrating after doctors say that she is showing no evidence of breast cancer following a clinical trial at a hospital in the UK.

Jasmin David, from Fallowfield in Manchester underwent a two-year trial at the National Institute for Health and Care Research (NIHR) Manchester Clinical Research Facility (CRF) situated at Christie NHS Foundation Trust. The process involved an experimental medicine combined with Atezolizumab, an immunotherapy drug administered intravenously which she continues to have every three weeks.

"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," Ms David tells a leading daily.

A previously healthy and fit mother of two children further expressed, "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."

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She first discovered an aggressive triple negative form of breast cancer in November 2017, when she found a lump above the nipple. After which she underwent six months of chemotherapy and a mastectomy in April 2018, followed by 15 cycles of radiotherapy which removed her body from the cancer. Later in October 2019 the cancer returned. The scans showed multiple lesions throughout her body which indicated that she had a poor prognosis.

After this diagnosis, the cancer spread to David's lungs, lymph nodes and chest bone. This is when she was given the devastating news by the doctors that she had less than a year to live. Two months later, and with no other options left, she was offered the opportunity to be part of research by participating in a Phase I clinical trial.

In the month of June 2021, scans showed no measurable cancer cells in her body and she was finally deemed cancer free. The doctors inform that she will remain on treatment until December 2023 even if she continues to show no evidence of the disease whatsoever.

Jasmin David is now looking forward to celebrating her 25th wedding anniversary in September after the successful National Health Service (NHS) trial.

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