"I wasn't doomed as they said,” explains Betty Waters, “because we didn’t give up.” Three years ago, when Betty was diagnosed with metastatic soft tissue sarcoma, she was told that her cancer was untreatable and she had just months to live. Looking beyond their hometown health provider for answers, Betty and her husband, Lowell, were referred to Methodist Estabrook Cancer Center.
Here, under the care of medical oncologist Kirsten M. Leu, MD, Betty participates in a National Cancer Institute-approved clinical trail available at only 25 cancer centers worldwide. Every three weeks, the couple makes the 700-mile roundtrip journey from their South Dakota home for another treatment with experimental drug that has stabilized Betty’s cancer. It is their journey toward hope.