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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, December 19, 2007

Liver Ultrasound Results

Not good news I'm afraid! Not only has the original lesion grown double in size but there are two additional lesions on the liver also. The original lesion measures 3.5 x 2.5 x 2.7 cm, the second lesion measures 2.7 x 1.3 cm and the third is approximately 9mm. The report findings suggest that they are metastatic deposits. In other words, the cancer has spread to my liver. As you can imagine I'm gutted. I suppose I was expecting the original lesion to be something but was quite shocked when the Registrar said there were 2 further spots on the liver.

Where do we go from here? As my Oncologist was not in clinic again today (didn't see her the last visit either), her Registrar said that it would be chemo again and suggested one of two, either Carboplatin or Cisplatin but he would have to confirm this with my regular Onc on Friday when she was next in clinic.

On the bright side, the Registrar confirmed that I have been given funding for the two treatments that Germany had suggested, Avastin and Faslodex, so this is good news although I believe that there are quite a few side effects with the Avastin. I have read various reports that say people are just not getting the funding for Avastin so I have to think myself very lucky. However, the funding will be reviewed after 3 months.

I have emailed Germany with the new information regarding my liver to see what they think.


  • At 2:41 PM, Dawn said…

    Hi Dawn,
    I've been following your online diary for a while now and must say you are a very brave and amazingly strong lady. Thanks a lot for this marvellous website. My father had cancer some time ago and now has been in remission for a while and I find your diary outstandingly supportive. I'd like you to know we all keep our fingers crossed for your health and well-being, the therapy in Germany and wish you enough strength to fight the disease so it will be gone for good one day. All the best for xmas and NY for you and your great family! Please don't lose your hope and great positive attitude even if the news is not what you expect.

  • At 2:39 PM, Dawn said…

    Hi Chris

    Just wanted to say thanks for your lovely supportive comments. It really is encouraging to hear that my website is possibly helping others.

    Best wishes to you and your family at Christmas and for the New Year.



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