Cutting edge, patient-specific vaccine treatments like DCVax?® provide for a longer life expectancy along with a better quality of life for brain cancer patients, an improvement over current conventional brain tumor treatments. “The vaccine that I received has extended the median survival of Grade IV brain cancer (GBM) from 14.6 months, with conventional treatment, to over 36 months,” stated Bob Gibbs, a 7 year brain cancer survivor, who has defied the odds statistically, thanks to the experimental brain cancer vaccine DCVax?®.
As a result of Gibbs’ diagnosis and journey, Gibbs, and his wife, Barb, set out on a mission to raise awareness of brain tumors by starting Miles for Hope, a non-profit organization whose main mission is to raise national awareness and funding for cutting edge brain cancer vaccines and tumor tissue banking. Gibbs was thrilled to learn that the ongoing clinical trial of DCVax?®, to which he attributes his survivorship, is once again open for additional brain cancer patients. The Gibbs’s believe that the use of the patient-specific vaccines can be the answer to a better quality of life and longevity for brain tumor patients.
Brain tumors currently affect over 200,000 people each year, one person every 3 minutes in the United States, and they are the leading cause of solid tumor cancer deaths in children under the age of 20. In addition, brain tumors are the 2nd leading cause of cancer death in males under the age of 29 and the 5th cause of cancer death in female adults 20-39.
SOURCE Miles for Hope