In this medicinal video learn about how Kidney cancer, which is an aggressive and often fatal disease, may now have a vaccine.
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Jennifer Matthews: Faith was more than a mere crutch for Pastor Jerry Burnside when he was diagnosed with kidney cancer. Rev. Jerry Burnside: I was not afraid of dying. My faith sustained me in that, but I dreaded the process of dying. Jennifer Matthews: Kidney cancer is highly curable if it's caught early, but it does not respond well to standard therapies once it spreads. Jerry's had spread, so his prognosis was grim. Rev. Jerry Burnside: If I lived a year that would really be doing well. I felt sorry for myself, had a good cry. Jennifer Matthews: Prayer brought him peace. Science brought him hope. Duke University researchers have developed a vaccine by taking blood cells from patients, creating specialized cells and exposing them to material from their own tumor cells. The cells are then injected back into the patient where they trigger immune cells to attack the cancer. Dr. Johannes Vieweg: We don't see a very dramatic impact on the tumor itself. We don't see tumors melt away. But what we see, is that these tumors just don't grow anymore. Jennifer Matthews: Doctor Vieweg says patients on the vaccine have had no negative side effects. Dr. Johannes Vieweg: So, I think these are well tolerated vaccines, highly specific, highly targeted. Jennifer Matthews: It's been more than three years since a doctor told Jerry he'd be lucky to live six months. Rev. Jerry Burnside: I could not have had any better results or less complications. The church cemetery is Jerry's sanctuary for prayer and meditation, but he's not ready to stay there just yet. Jennifer Matthews: This is Jennifer Matthews reporting.