CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - Frank Evanosky of Carrollton, Ohio, now 63 years old remembers it all too well -- when more than four years ago his world would turn upside down.
The lifelong labor worker, would have to break the news to his loving wife of 40 years, he had less than two years to live. He was diagnosed with Stage 4 kidney cancer that had already spread.
"At that time," Frank said, "I didn't know anything about kidney cancer. I never heard the words kidney cancer."
His wife Cindy took a deep breath as she explained, "I just didn't want to think about it so I just assumed somehow it was going to work out."
But while he was getting sick, researchers were hard at work trying to perfect a sort of immunotherapy drug that they believed had promise to save some cancer patients like Frank. That would be perfect timing to ask Frank, the perfect patient, with nothing to lose, to join in on the trial.
Frank would find himself in something that would change his and possibly other lives for good. He put the drug Opdivo to the test and now Opdivo is FDA approved and on the market.
Doctors warn not every drug works the same for everyone but this is one worth checking out for some people dealing with certain cancers like Frank's.
Frank's story coming up tonight at 11 p.m. on Cleveland 19.
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