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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.

Sunday, May 06, 2007

PET Scan and Tumour Markers

I wonder what would have happened at the RBH if I only had the bone scan to go by. They would have thought that the chemo Navelbine had done some good but would not be aware of the bone marrow infiltration. I get the impression from Dr Jacob that the bone marrow infiltration is very important and can lead to spread in other areas of my body ie liver, lungs! It's scary to think that a lot of other things are going on in your body that you are not aware of and even the Oncologists in Reading don't seem to be either. I expect to get fobbed off at how this is not important in the grand scheme of things. Once the cancer has spread you have to treat it as a whole (according to my UK Oncologist).

Another thought that I've had is regarding tumour markers. On Friday, I informed Dr Jacob of my tumour marker results which have been taken over the last 4 months via regular blood tests. I mentioned that the CA15-3 had been steadily rising at each test result. She suggested that this was an indication that the bone marrow was affected. RBH have not suggested for one minute that there was a problem with them rising at every 3 weekly blood test!


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