Martha “MJ” Swicegood, Hood MBA candidate, has recently worked on manufacturing the cancer drug Keytruda, which has helped save the lives of many people, including former President Jimmy Carter.
MJ explains “Cancer cells are basically your own cells, so your immune system isn’t aware that they’re an issue. Keytruda is an immunological drug that helps the human body understand that cancer cells are what you want to attack. The drug comes in, attaches to a receptor on the cancer, and acts like a flag so your body comes in and attacks it. Instead of working like chemotherapy, which is very detrimental to your body, Keytruda works with your immune system and knocks the cancer out without the danger of radiation. “
Former President Carter says Keytruda helped stall advanced melanoma that had spread to his brain, while oncologists tell us it has helped about 40 percent of similar patients survive for as long as three years post-diagnosis. Keytruda takes a new approach to treating cancer by stopping tumor cells from cloaking themselves against the normal, healthy immune system response.
Swicegood is working at a vaccine pilot plant now, where she helps manufacturing vaccines that go to topical studies all over the world, which may lead to new researches for new drugs to cure many others.
For further information about Keytruda please refer to https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pembrolizumab