The first patient in the clinical trial, Lee Mercker, was diagnosed with stage 0 breast cancer (DCIS). The diagnosis came as a shock to her, but at least it was caught early. Though cancer cells were present, they were confined to her milk ducts.
When she was asked if she would like to be part of the clinical trial, Mercker immediately agreed.
The process took a total of 12 weeks, and Mercker easily adapted to the routine.
“They always took your blood, you had a physical, they’d make your shot right there on the spot for you,” Mercker said. “It was three shots, all in a row, alternating arms, four shots, two weeks apart.”