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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.

Saturday, May 26, 2007

Meeting with Oncologist

Having spent nearly a week at the Leonardis Klinik, I had an appointment with Dr Jacob early this morning before I left for the airport.

I'd been told earlier in the week that the bone marrow puncture that was carried out during my last visit had come back clear which contridicted the PET scan results. This is highly confusing and Dr Jacob said it was confusing but she thought that maybe there were pockets of tumours in the bone marrow which was not detected by the bone marrow puncture. She felt that we should go with the bone marrow results because this type of test was very rarely wrong. In fact she thought that it was good news that it had come back clear especially as my first bone marrow puncture in September 2005 had showed slight infiltration by the cancer. She has decided therefore that there will be no further chemo for at least the next 3 months as she doesn't want to compromise the bone marrow. She thinks I've had enough for now. She also made the point that the chemo doesn't seem to be getting rid of the tumours in the bones but it is still positive because it hasn't spread to the soft tissue areas like the liver or lungs. I didn't ask any further questions about this but I wonder if she is saying that it is highly unlikely to get me into remission and the best we can hope for is to contain the disease!

She has suggested that I revisit in 3 months for a bone scan and at that time we would consider Tykerb or Avastin and now a third drug called Thalidomide. She said that Thalidomide may be the next course of action because it is cheap and I should be able to get it back in the UK.

She was also very surprised that the UK are so slow at giving Tykerb as it has had excellent results throughout Europe.


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