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The “Dawn Hughes Wigs to Wishes Fund” has been set up to enable me to receive further treatment at an Oncology Clinic in Germany where they have had a high success rate in stopping the spread of Cancer in patients and giving them the best possible chance of remission. The Berkshire Cancer Centre have informed me that there is little chance of my Cancer going into remission with the treatment available in this country.

Thanks for taking the time to visit my website. I'd like to tell you a little bit about myself. I'm a wife and mother of 3 young children, Matthew 13, Ellie 10 and Freddie 6. I was first diagnosed with Breast Cancer in 2001 at the age of 36. Following Chemotherapy and Radiotherapy, I was in remission until a chance MRI scan in Feb 2005 for an unrelated problem, detected that the Cancer had returned. I was then diagnosed with Secondary Breast Cancer. The likely prognosis given in February was 18 months to 5 years. I then had to undergo aggressive Chemotherapy, but following the results of a recent bone scan, it was found that the Cancer is still spreading. The treatment in Germany will cost thousands of pounds and for most people like myself, the opportunity for this is a dream. Many of my Family and Friends want to make this dream a reality and are making tremendous fund raising efforts, because without them, I would not be able to seek the treatment that I so obviously need and which is not being offered in this country.

Thursday, October 06, 2005

Possibility of full remission!

Meeting with Dr Jacob. She thought the scan results were actually better than she had expected whilst Julie and I thought they were worse. She went through the results of the chemo sensitivity test and said that the Arimidex on it’s own was too weak to stop the spread of cancer especially as there is lymph node inclusions. There was found to be receptors in my blood for Herceptin, which suggested I would benefit from this drug. Unfortunately in the UK, they only test your original tumour, in my case removed 4 years ago and found to be HER2 negative. Dr Jacob suggested I try and get the Herceptin in the UK as it is such an expensive drug to buy. Herceptin would be used to lower the risk of spread. It was also found that I had a high sensitivity to a chemo drug called Xeloda and should start on this as soon as possible in conjunction with Herceptin.

Following the results of the Natural Killer Cells test, it was found that they are only working at 28% therefore I have been advised to inject myself with Thymus and Lektinol to be used as supportive treatment.

The bone marrow results indicated that there is a little infiltration of the bone marrow by the cancer. This is disappointing and does mean that I am less able to tolerate any chemotherapies.

Dr Jacob then arranged for me to come back to the clinic on 19th October for a treatment with Samarium.

This was quite a lengthy consultation and my head was spinning by the end of it but I had just one more question to ask. What were they hoping to achieve with this treatment? Dr Jacob was very confident with her answer - Full Remission. Julie and I were absolutely amazed.


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