In this video learn about a vitamin that may help extend the lives of those with prostate cancer.
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Jennifer Matthews: David Copeland has advanced prostate caner, but that doesn't stop him from doing what he loves. David Copeland: I can afford a couple of bad days of the week for the good days. Jennifer Matthews: on the bad days David recovers from chemotherapy. It is last hope after surgery, radiation and hormone treatments and he is quick to report on how it is working. David Copeland: Great, I am here. It is wonderful. Jennifer Matthews: But David's chemo is different. Before each treatment he takes an experimental drug called DN 101. Dr. Tomasz Beer: DN 101 is a pill that contains activated Vitamin D at a very high concentrations designed specifically for cancer therapy. Jennifer Matthews: Oncologist Tomasz Beer help invent the new drug. Dr. Tomasz Beer: That changes the biology of the caner cell and makes it more prone to dieing when chemotherapy is around. Jennifer Matthews: In a recent study 250 men received chemotherapy; half of them were also given the powered form of Vitamin D. Those men lived 7 months longer than the men who received chemo alone. Dr. Tomasz Beer: That is a big deal for several reasons. First of all these patients have the toughest form of prostate cancer that is. Jennifer Matthews: And the drug offers the longest survival benefit yet for patients with advanced prostate cancer. David started taking the drug two years ago and says he may not be alive today without it. David Copeland: I feel good and I feel that I am going to do two more years and two more years and two more years. Jennifer Matthews: Plenty of time to create the perfect hybrid. This is Jennifer Matthews reporting.