Meet four patients who were successfully treated for rectal cancer thanks to a clinical trial involving immunotherapy at MSK

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Hear from the patients about the treatment they received. This approach helps the patients’ own immune systems recognize and attack their tumors, which contain a vulnerable genetic mutation. This treatment allowed the patients to be treated without surgery, radiation, or chemotherapy.

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My doctor actually told me that, okay, this is something could possibly change your whole life.

When I originally got the news that I was not going to have to undergo radiation and chemo, I was extremely excited.

Dr. Cercek explained me about the immunotherapy, the benefits.

It went from this really terrifying experience to something where I could feel like, okay, maybe I can get through this.

That day I didn't see the tumor. So, I was thinking, where is the tumor? Then, maybe I thought it's hiding somewhere inside. Doctor told me, there is no more tumor. It's a miracle.

It was like, the world just stopped for a second and I couldn't believe it. You could ask her, I barely reacted because it was just like, I was not expecting to hear that news.

The first thing I did, I called my mom and yeah, we both cried. It was life changing.

I'm not religious at all, but my friends had taken me to a healing mass prior and then I got the news from, I think it was Dr. Cercek that called to say that it was working. So, it was a combination of everybody saying it is miraculous, and then also combined with it actually being miraculous.

You go from feeling, oh, am I going to die? Am I going to lose my colon? And then to find that, oh, you're going to be fine. It's just like, wow. It was an amazing feeling.

If anybody else wants to go through this trial, they might be more comfortable to hear our words.

It definitely saved my life and saved the lives of many others that have been a part of this trial.

I couldn't imagine what my life would be like if this clinical trial hadn't been available

I'm a miracle right here standing without any surgery, don't have cancer. I would say it's not less than a miracle.