wigs to wishes.org.uk

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.

Friday, June 16, 2006

Discussion with UK Onc

Saw UK Onc today. Gave her copies of the treatment plan suggested by Dr Jacob. UK Onc is happy to proceed as suggested by the German Onc. However she has said that one of the chemo’s suggested by Dr Jacob has not been clinically proven to be effective in the fight against Breast Cancer and therefore she would only be happy to prescribe Navelbine. I need to inform Dr Jacob of this information as I know from my last Chemo Sensitivity test, Gemcitabine came up as an effective chemo.

UK Onc has also said that it will be good to have a rest from the chemo as we have to be careful not to damage the bone marrow and therefore if there is only a slight increase in the cancer in September, she would prefer to start back on the Herceptin 1st before giving more chemo. She said there is always a danger that the chemo will kill you before the cancer does and the longer the break between chemos, the longer the survival rate! I think she is also saying that we could end up running out of options and then there won't be any chemos left to use!

Had the pamidronate today and had my line removed. Still no fixed date yet for the insertion of the new Port. The clinic nurse ripped off the sticky dressing from my arm and took half the skin with it! It was really painful and looks extremely sore. I’m glad the line is now out, at least I can shower without the arm cover and I can start going swimming.


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