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DECATUR, AL (WAFF) -
Bobbie Puckett still remembers the first thing she thought of when told she
"I'm going to die. I feared because I had my grand baby and I
had my kids and I didn't want to not be here," said Puckett.
Family was all she could think about.
"I had breast cancer, stage two, and I was diagnosed September 23rd of
2010. I had surgery in October of 2010," she added.
After a series of drugs, Puckett is now on Tamixofin as a preventive.
She said she is also frightened of passing along a "gene" to her
children and grandchildren.
A new study at Brooke Army Medical Center at Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio
is studying a vaccine which can harness the body's immune system.
Oncologist Dr. Traci McCormick says it's promising.
"We've been looking at immune therapy for cancer in general for a very,
very long time," said McCormick.
She says it's a huge step.
"The way the vaccine works is it targets part of the cancer cell and
this immunization that they have found actually causes the body's immune system
to fight the cancer cells before they have a chance to grow and multiply,"
This is for women who had an aggressive form of the disease and to keep it
from coming back.
"This is what we call a phase II trial, which means it's early. We
don't know yet if it's going to help reduce cancer recurrence," said
Bobbie Puckett was encouraged when she found out about the study.
"The first thing I said was, I want to be that candidate. I want
to try it because I don't want to go through what I've been through. My
life has been upside down," said Puckett.
It's important to realize that this study is in the very early stages, and
it will be a while before it actually gets to the public. Although hopes are
high in these early stages, it's at least five years away if they feel it will