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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.

Wednesday, November 08, 2006

2nd Navelbine

Clinic appointment then treatment. Appartently my notes have been missing for the last 3 weeks, they thought they knew where they were and didn't realise that I would be needing to see the Oncologist today so hadn't bothered finding them. Great!! Well, seeing as I was having chemo, you usually have to see the Onc so that they can agree to having treatment that day. Not really off to a good start and then it didn't get much better when I saw the Onc. I said that I wanted to discuss my scan results because I found them a little confusing. She hadn't even seen the MRI and X-ray reports so said I knew more than her!! I showed her the copies (lucky that I took them) and she said that the X-Ray obviously wasn't able to penetrate deep enough to see the tumour. She also confirmed that there was no evidence of fractures.

I then went on to ask whether I could change my Biphosphonate infusion (Pamidronate) to another one called Zometa which I had been told was more superior than Pamidronate. She said no straight away as it was not funded in Reading. I said that I knew someone who was receiving it in Reading and had been recommended it after she went for a second opinion at the Royal Marsden Hospital in London and then got it straight away in Reading. She said that she would find out if I could have it but was not very confident of the outcome. I said obviously if I don't ask I'm not going to get.

I also mentioned that I had a bad reaction to the anti-sickness drug last time. She said it was quite alright not to have it and also not the steriods so I was very pleased.

Went off up to West Ward for treatment which went fine.

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