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Doctor Treats His Own Tumor

When 57-year-old Dr. Richard Scolyer was diagnosed with glioblastoma, an aggressive brain cancer, doctors informed him that he likely would not survive more than a year. The Sydney-based doctor’s professional work focuses on melanoma research, and he decided to use his breadth of knowledge on cancer to develop an innovative treatment to tackle his own tumor. He used pre-surgery combination immunotherapy, which activated the immune system to fight the cancer. A year after his initial diagnosis, MRI scans confirmed that Dr. Scolyer is cancer free. Now that the first-of-its-kind treatment plan has proven to be successful, oncologists around the world can turn to Dr. Scolyer’s immunotherapy methods when treating glioblastoma.


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