This video showcases the medical advancements in brain cancer treatments.
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Jennifer Matthews: Richard and June share more than lunch these days. They're also sharing one of life's toughest tests. Richard Belding: After 51 years, it's just - I cannot imagine her not being there, so that's why this trial is so hard on her. Jennifer Matthews: That trial is brain cancer. Richard was recently diagnosed with the most aggressive type there is. Richard Belding: That was a real shock and took some getting used to it. Jennifer Matthews: They sought help and found it in a man who's been called a hero of medicine, Doctor Keith Black. Dr. Keith L. Black: I've been trying to search for an effective treatment for brain tumors my entire medical career. Jennifer Matthews: His latest research focuses on special immune cells, dendritic cells. They're used to stimulate powerful T-cells using tissue from the patient's own tumor. Dr. Keith L. Black: These T-cells will then divide into millions and millions of T-cells that will then invade back into the brain tumor to try to destroy it. Jennifer Matthews: The vaccine is now delivered directly into the tumor to make it more effective. Richard was the first patient to receive it. Dr. Keith L. Black: He's really a patient where we would expect a tumor to behave very, very aggressively, and it looks to be stabilizing. Jennifer Matthews: The vaccine is even more effective when used with chemotherapy. Early research suggests that combination boosts five-year survival from 5 to 40 percent. Richard doesn't know if he'll make it five years, but he's hopeful. Richard Belding: I'd like to live a few more years, but being 73, I know it's inevitable. Who wants to live forever, anyway? But, I just don't want to go now. Jennifer Matthews: This is Jennifer Matthews reporting.
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