“I can’t thank God enough.” – Melvin ‘Tony’ Babbs [#ICantThankGodEnough #ICannotThankGodEnough]


“I can’t thank God enough.” – Melvin ‘Tony’ Babbs [#ICantThankGodEnough #ICannotThankGodEnough]

What began as a clinical trial for lung cancer patients in Louisville is now helping countless others across the country.

Melvin ‘Tony’ Babbs, from Clarksville, was one of the first patients enrolled in the trial at the Brown Cancer Center and today, he is living proof, the treatment is working.

Melvin ‘Tony’ Babbs is a sheet metal worker, husband, and grandfather and in the fight of his life.

“In my mind, I thought I was going to die.”
– Melvin ‘Tony’ Babbs

Melvin ‘Tony’ Babbs’s first diagnosis came in 2015: cancer in the left lung.

4 months of chemo seemed to do the trick.

Melvin ‘Tony’ Babbs spent the next 4 years in remission.

Then, in October of last year, Melvin ‘Tony’ Babbs learned it had come back and spread to his brain.

“I said, if I don’t do anything, what could happen? He said, you could die in 2 to 3 months.”
– Melvin ‘Tony’ Babbs

They tried radiation at which point, Melvin ‘Tony’ Babbs could not walk or write his name.

That’s when doctors at UofL’s Brown Cancer Center offered him a clinical trial using a combination of 2 immunotherapy drugs that, at the time, were not approved by the FDA to treat lung cancer.

“I let them know I aint giving up.”
– Melvin ‘Tony’ Babbs

4 months later, the 20 lesions on Melvin ‘Tony’ Babbs’s brain were shrinking and he was back on his feet again.

“As long as his cancer stays that way, we’ll take it.”
– Dr. Rebecca Redman, UofL’s deputy director of clinical research at the Brown Cancer Center

It is progress and a sign of hope for countless others.

The trial Melvin ‘Tony’ Babbs received is now an approved treatment for lung cancer patients.

“What’s different and unique about immunotherapy and what ultimately led to its approval… it’s not that it necessarily helped more people than chemotherapy, but for those who’s cancer did respond, it lasted, much, much longer and allowed them to live a better quality of life.”
– Dr. Rebecca Redman

“The Brown Cancer Center as far as I’m concerned has extended my life.”
– Melvin ‘Tony’ Babbs

Instead of just months to live, Melvin ‘Tony’ Babbs is hoping for years with his family, looking ahead to his grandsons’ high school and college graduations.

“I can’t thank God enough.”
– Melvin ‘Tony’ Babbs

Find more from the Brown Cancer Center on Lung Cancer here.

‘I can’t thank God enough’ UofL clinical trial extending life for lung cancer patients

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