A Doctor Who’s Improving the Odds for Lung Cancer Patients

Julie Brahmer, MD, associate professor of oncology at Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center, is testing an experimental drug that’s producing amazing results 

by Nancy F. Smith
Dr. Julie Brahmer, of John Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center, works in the cutting edge field of cancer immunotherapy.
Photograph: Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center

The people who take these experimental drugs have usually failed on more conventional treatments and are running out of hope. For these patients, Brahmer isn’t a scientist; she’s their doctor. She knows the patients and their families well and understands the difficulties that go along with a terrible illness.

How does Brahmer cope? “I have great family support,” she answers, “from my husband; my 10-year-old stepson, Matthew; and my daughter, Emily, who, in the way that only a four-year-old can, makes things better because she’s always so happy to see Mom.”

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