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Congratulations Honjo and Allison for a well deserved Nobel Prize.

Their discoveries have saved my life this year as well as many others around the world. I have been on immunotherapy IV drugs for over 1 year for melanoma that spread to my brain. My immune system is now able to hunt down the melanoma cancer cells in my body. I have been cancer free for a year. I carry on with my usual daily activities and job. My oncologist, a leading researcher, told me that if I had been diagnosed 7 years ago he would have told me that I had 9 months to live.

Ketruda, Opdivo and Yervoy do not work for all patients with certain types of cancers. Some patients can't tolerate the boosted immune system. But each year, researchers are perfecting.

With their discoveries, you and your loved ones now have positive hope for a long term remission of several types of cancer without toxic chemotherapy. Since it is a new treatment, they can't call it a cure just yet. BRAVO. Well done!

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