Rikki Rockett, POISON’S drummer was diagnosed with oral cancer and was threatened to be speechless; however, the drummer found an immunotherapy clinical trial that has saved him.

Mr. Rockett visited his primary care doctor in 2015 for a sore throat, reports Blabbermouth.  After finding a tumor on the base of his tongue, Rockett learned he had human papillomavirus (HPV)-related oral cancer.  Rockett endured 9 rounds of chemotherapy and 37 sessions of radiation therapy.  Although it initially worked, the cancer came back months later, spreading to his lymph nodes.

Rockett visited UCSD Moores Cancer Center’s Dr. Ezra Cohen who helped him enroll in a clinical trial of pembrolizumab (Merck’s Keytruda).  His tumor immediately responded.  Just two months into the trial a scan revealed the tumor had shrunk by 90%.

Today, Rockett is cancer-free and continues to play with his band POISON, cares for his two children and practices Brazilian Jiu-Jutsu.  Follow the link to the source to watch the video.

Lead Research/Investigator

Dr. Ezra Cohen 

Source: Blabbermouth

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