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Immunotherapy Offers New Hope for Cancer Patients: One Man’s Alternative Cancer Treatment Journey
Date:12/23/2013

clear PET (positron emission tomography) scan provided further evidence as to why Merrill feels better than he has in years.

With all the damage done by previous surgeries, including removal of lymph nodes, he had been in constant pain. The burning sensation on his legs made it difficult for him to function at his job as maintenance supervisor at a local eye center, or even sit for long periods of time. “Now I have my life back,” he reports. “The swelling on my leg is down, and the burning and pain is gone. I put in a full day at work, jog, ride my bike. My entire outlook has changed—I can now look forward to spending time with my daughter.”        

And while many hospitals and treatment centers work toward providing the ideal patient experience, Perseus actually delivers, according to Merrill. “I was treated like royalty,” says Merrill, “from the moment I stepped off the plane in the Cayman Islands. From the very beginning it was first class treatment, and everyone on staff was so knowledgeable and caring.”

After a simple blood draw, Merrill went back to the hotel to await his personalized immunotherapy vaccine. On the third day, he received his first injection of the serum, made from his blood and a small section of tumor taken from his biopsy sample. Then he flew home, feeling “absolutely fine, with not one side effect, not even the slight fever they warned me might happen.” Three subsequent visits at one-month intervals followed, and Merrill continued to recover as his skin healed and appetite and energy returned.

Already a veteran of chemotherapy used to treat the melanoma that had spread to his liver earlier this year, Merrill had endured its toxic effects firsthand. “I suffered through months where I couldn’t move, eat, or sleep, I was just a mess. If I had known about Perseus then, I wouldn’t have needed to go through that. That’s why I’m telling my story now, to try and help whoev
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