Former Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said he’s cancer-free.
“There’s no comparison to how I feel — I feel good. I’m alive,” he told the Washington Post.
An experimental drug treatment is credited with saving the 80-year-old’s life after he was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in May 2018. The former top Democrat had surgery to remove a tumor and underwent chemotherapy and radiation that ravaged his body.
He was in such poor condition that his doctor would not allow him to fly from Nevada to Arizona for a memorial service for the late Sen. John McCain that August.
In September 2019, he turned to a new doctor, Patrick Soon-Shiong, who has spent the latter part of his career working on alternative cancer treatments.
He said his cancer drug, Abraxane, and other therapies are used to ignite three “killer cells” to attack tumors. Another cell is ignited through an IV therapy that allows the cells to locate and fight the cancer, Soon-Shiong said.
“Find me, kill me, remember me,” he said.
His company, ImmunityBio, has been approved for a Phase II trial for the treatment of advanced pancreatic cancer.
Reid said he saw immediate progress. By April, he was in complete remission. He said he showed his results to his oncologist in Las Vegas, who said it must be “witchcraft.”
The former senator said he would continue treatments out of fear that his cancer would return.