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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, February 18, 2008

Avastin and Chemo

Spoke with Dr Draczynski and Dr Kopic at the Leonardis klinik today and confirmed that the UK Oncologist had agreed to fund Avastin for at least three months. They were pleased but asked which chemo I would be having with it. I said that originally the UK Oncologist had suggested Cisplatin but they thought that this would be too toxic and thought that Capecitabine (Xeloda) would be a better chemo to try. I have had Xeloda in the past and did tend to get the hand and foot syndrome with it but would be willing to give it another try if Reading were agreeable as I did tolerate this chemo better than I have others. I don't think that I had any spread of cancer whilst on the Xeloda chemo.

I left it that I would speak with my UK Oncologist at my next appointment on 27th Feb, when I was due to start the Avastin.


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