In this heath video learn about a new drug, which is giving hope to women with breast cancer that has spread to other parts of their bodies.
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Jennifer Matthews: About 10 years ago, Karen Pike got the news. The mother of two had breast cancer. Karen Pike: I don't have any history in my family, so at 37, it was pretty scary. Our kids are 5 and 7, and I just went numb. Jennifer Matthews: Karen faith and family helped her stay strong. She needed the strength when the cancer came back three more times. Karen Pike: I couldn't have done any of this without my family. I know that I couldn't. Jennifer Matthews: Karen has also relied on a team of doctors and is now part of a clinical trial on a drug called Sutent. In a study, the pill shrank tumors by one-third or more in 15% of patients; significant because they had very advanced disease and didn't have any luck with other treatments. Dr. George Sledge, M.D., says Sutent could be used as a frontline treatment for breast cancer that has spread. George Sledge: This holds out so much promise that I think if you are a physician dealing with breast cancer research you can only be excited about this. Jennifer Matthews: Karen has only been on the drug for a month, but the lump in her neck has already drastically gone down in size, keeping her optimistic for the future. Karen Pike: Seeing both of my kids graduate from college, get married, have children, live a long life and be healthy for the rest of my life. Jennifer Matthews: A simple dreams she hopes will come true. This is Jennifer Matthews reporting.