Immunotherapy trial gives young colon cancer patient back his life

A family knowing their cancer profiles may have saved several lives
March 14, 2016


Stephen Estrada holds up his arm defiantly during his first immunotherapy treatment.
Stephen Estrada receives his first dose of an expermental immunotherapy drug. Photo courtesy of Stephen Estrada-Erskine.

Stephen Estrada, a colon cancer patient at the University of Colorado Cancer Center, started fighting for his life at only 28 years old. His battle has been rocky but then he found Dr. Wells Messersmith, a CU Cancer Center investigator, and a trail that may save his life. Read more about Estrada’s battle against colon cancer.

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