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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.

Monday, December 04, 2006

Reply from the Leonardis

Dr Draczynski has replied to my email as follows:

- Bondronat is ok!
- Right before any chemocycle it is essential to check your tumor markers (CEA, CA15-3, TPA).
Should tumor markers consistently decline please continue with Navelbine at 40 mg every 3 weeks.
- If there's a slowing down or stagnation of tumor markers, please increase Navelbine to 50 mg for the next cycle and then see if the tumormarker would respond to this (e.g. decline)
- If there is or has been (!) a rise in tumor marker, the treatment strategy needs to be changed.
- A total of 6 cycles of Navelbine is alright provided tumormarkers continue to fall.
- Restaging after cycle # 6 is ok - again if tumor markers will continue to decline!

At my next blood count test (19/12/06) I'm going to ask for a check of my tumour markers, CEA and CA15-3. I don't think there is a TPA test carried out in this country. I'm sure I had a tumour marker test carried out a few months ago before I started chemo. so I need to contact my GP and see if she can find out the results. This will give me an idea of the level my tumour markers were at before I started the chemo.


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