Jason Charles - Kat’s husband - minute 29:13 - ASCO 2018 presentation
Hello. Can you all hear me? Good. My name’s Jason. I’m from the UK. I’ve come over with my beautiful wife. It’s her fault that I’m up here today. So in 2013, me and my wife celebrated the birth of our son, Jacob. Three months after that, my wife was diagnosed with glioblastoma. What followed then was obviously quite an intense journey. She went under radiotherapy, three different types of chemotherapy, she’s had three major brain surgeries, one of which was an eight-hour awake craniotomy. She's amazing. In 2015, we were advised by the NHS, or our doctors at the time, that there wasn’t anything else that they could do, understandably. She’d gone through everything that they could throw at her and there was ninety days, three months, six months left to live. Being stubborn, like we are, we refused to accept this diagnosis. So we did our research, googling, and we discovered DCVax. Almost three years later, Kat’s right there [points to her] - three years after that ninety day prognosis. She’s still working part-time as an analyst for a bank. And she’s still the mother to our now five year-old son. I asked Kat to describe what DCVax is and she just said, “Wonderful. DCVax is a wonderful drug.”
She says she’s now got her life back. She can be my wife, and she can be a mother. She simply jumps on a train every six months now, she has a quick jab in the arm, she has a coffee, she hops back.
I’m a terrible husband, I don’t even go with her any more. So one thing that we want to make clear is there are no side effects. We’ve seen the side effects from the various different chemotherapies, and therapies that are out there, and there are no side effects with my wife. There’s no battling, as a result, but what’s even more important, is that there’s now no more tumor. It’s completely gone, which is what they said wouldn’t happen.
So yeah, she’s been cancer-free for a little while now, which we’re very, very thankful for DCVax, and that’s the reason we’ve flown all the way from the UK is we really want everybody who has glioblastoma to have the same opportunity that we’ve had. Thank you. https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=17&v=AfJl9ZIgo54