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.

Thursday, October 05, 2006

PET Scan

Left the clinic at 7am for a 3 hour drive to Stuttgart for the PET scan.

Had an injection and had to lie down for 30 mins. Felt a bit wousy and then a further injection which gave me a stomach ache for 5 mins. Then had the scan. Had to lie still for 1 hour. By the end of it my left shoulder and arm were killing me and I couldn't wait to itch my nose!!

Unfortunately the scan results were not as good as I was hoping. There is an increase in size of two of my tumours. One in the hip and one in the back midway down. Obviously I was disappointed with the results. The PET scan specialist did say that although things did not look good he said that there was no spread to the liver or lungs and therefore we are only looking at one type of metasteses which would be easier to treat.

Had a meeting with the Oncologist later in the day back at the clinic and they said that it is not as bad as it seems although they were a little concerned about the size of the tumour in my hip. They want me to arrange an MRI scan and then discuss with my UK Onc the possibility of radiotherapy to this area. They are worried that if the tumour damages anymore tissue, I may fracture the hip and even worse end up needing a hip replacement (god forbid, I've seen how these sort of operations can affect younger people).

They have also advised that I start on another chemo asap (Navelbine) so when I see the UK Onc next week I'm going to have a lot of sweet talking to do.


Post a Comment

<< Home