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New Breast Cancer Treatment Proves Successful For One Four State Woman

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The month of October is "Breast Cancer Awareness Month", and good news from the FDA when it comes to a treatment. One which has been vital for a Joplin woman.

"It is a miracle to go from Stage Four to no sign of cancer in less than a year," said Breast Cancer Survivor Pat Arnce.
  
If you asked Arnce if she would be here one year ago, she says she wouldn't have known the answer. After being diagnosed with Stage Four Breast Cancer she thought her chances were pretty slim, but thanks to a new cancer drug called "Perjeta" that's all changed.

"My daughter said, you know this time last year, we didn't even think you were going to be here, you know, we just didn't have any clue, that you'd still be here, and now I'm in remission," Arnce said.
 
Arnce was one of about six women in the Joplin area to receive Perjeta, approved by the FDA for more uses this week. The FDA hails the drug as the first medicine approved to treat Breast Cancer before surgery. Though Arnce had it after her surgery she credits it for her successful remission, and so does her doctor.

"It just prevents the cells from becoming resistant, they tend to get used to one thing, and they are able to over come this and grow anyway, Perjeta helps prevent that from happening," said Dr. Matthew Miller of the Freeman Cancer Institute.
 
And not only does Dr. Miller say this drug is working, he says the added side effects are almost nonexistent. 

"Everything in medicine is how much gain you're going to get, but is there going to be an expensive new toxic side effects, and the answer with this drug is no, it really doesn't add to the side effects at all," Dr. Miller said.

Currently Arnce says she's doing great and feels little side effect from the drug, and says for her it really is a miracle. Which is shown by an exchange between Arnce and Dr. Miller.
"You can tell them how wonderful Perjeta is," Arnce said.
"It's wonderful," replied Dr. Miller.

According to the FDA, "Perjeta" is the first drug to be approved as a pre-surgical step. Something Dr. Miller says gives women an option, rather than surgery during the early stages of the disease.

 

For more information on the FDA's approval of Perjeta click here.

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