Back to life after beating cancer, the Jasmine way

Jasmine (2L) with husband David (far right) daughter Riyona (2R) and son Riyan.

Jasmine isn’t the name of a flower alone; it is also the name of a brave cancer survivor. Meet 51-year-old Jasmine David, the daughter of Annamma Joseph who miraculously walked back into life after a prolonged battle with cancer.

Jasmine who was living with her family in Manchester was diagnosed with breast cancer. Cancer had also spread to the lungs resulting in stage 2 cancer. She didn’t have many days to live. But then, it was of course big news that Jasmine, who was a participant in a drug trial (clinical trial) under the National Health Services, a public health system in the UK, has completely recovered from cancer. Doctors also vouch for that.

Jasmine was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2017 while working as a clinical lead at a care home in Manchester. She did chemo and radiation followed by surgery. In 2018, it seemed like she had come back to normal life. But 17 months later, following severe cough and chest pain, she realized that cancer had spread to her lungs and lymph nodes.

Doctors had given her 10 months to live. But her husband (David Lazer) and children (Riyan and Rion) weren’t prepared to give up on her. Jasmine even visited her 95-year-old mom, Annamma in Kerala to regain some confidence. When she hugged her mother tightly before bidding her goodbye, she somehow felt this would be her last visit. But her mother promised her that both of them will meet again.

When she took part in Christy Hospital trails at Manchester it was about helping others during her last days. She didn’t really think about herself at all. But during every stage of the treatment, she discovered that cancer was getting cured rapidly. Jasmine and her family live in Fallowfield, Manchester. Her husband David is a decontamination technician and the children are studying.

Jasmine has made many plans. She wants to celebrate her 25th wedding anniversary in September. Then she plans to visit Kerala and meet everyone. She never thought such a visit would be possible. She is forever grateful to the scientists, doctors, and God almighty.

What was the treatment?

Jasmin was diagnosed with triple negative breast cancer, which was a super spreader. This quickly spread to other parts of her body. The trial drug was given along with the antibody treatment (immunotherapy) drug etizolisumab. The details of this drug have not been provided by the National Institute for Health and Care Research and the Manchester Clinical Research Facility (CRF). The injections were to be given every three weeks. And the clinical trial results clearly show that Jasmin was completely cancer-free by the end of this treatment which lasted 2 years. However, the treatment will continue till 2023.

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