New type of vaccine helps Stage 4 prostate cancer patient

New type of vaccine helps Stage 4 prostate cancer patient

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"I didn't realize how bad I was feeling until I started feeling better," patient George Williams said. "I didn't realize how bad I was feeling until I started feeling better," patient George Williams said.
"Well, it seems like something very difficult to believe that it would work, " Dr. Paul Hatcher said. "But it actually does work quite successfully." "Well, it seems like something very difficult to believe that it would work, " Dr. Paul Hatcher said. "But it actually does work quite successfully."

By LORI TUCKER
6 News Anchor

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - George Williams comes to the University of Tennessee Medical Center these days just to say hello to his doctor.

It's a different scenario than just a few months ago, when he got the worst news of his life - a diagnosis of Stage 4 prostate cancer. The disease had spread to his bones.

"I didn't realize how bad I was feeling until I started feeling better," Williams said.

Dr. Paul Hatcher, a urologic surgeon at UT Medical Center, felt his patient was a good candidate for the prostate cancer vaccine called Provenge, which works by using the patient's own blood cells.

The cells are extracted at Medic Regional Blood Center, then sent to a processing lab in Atlanta, where powerful T-cells are activated against proteins in prostate cancer.

Those T-cells, ready to go into battle in a patient's body, are brought back to Knoxville and infused into the patient to boost the immune system and start killing off the cancerous cells.

Dr. Hatcher says it's good medicine.

"Well, it seems like something very difficult to believe that it would work, " Dr. Hatcher said. "But it actually does work quite successfully."

Williams was given a course of three treatments in addition to hormonal therapy.

So far, so good.

Dr. Hatcher says the vaccine, made by the Dendreon Corporation, is an important part of the treatment plan.

And Williams has an important message for all men: "I encourage men to get in, get themselves checked. If there's any question, look into it."

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