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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, February 27, 2008

Started Avastin

Had my regular appointment at the Berks today and met with Dr Chadwick as Dr Barratt has broken her leg skiing!

I mentioned that the German Oncologist had suggested Xeloda rather than Cisplatin and he took this onboard. He did mention that he had suggested Cisplatin because I had already had a number of other chemos (hope I'm not running out of options here!) and also thought that Xeloda did cause me a few issues with the hand and foot syndrome. I said that I was willing to give it another go especially as I had already had it in the past and did not consider it to be one of the worst chemo's I had had, unlike the Taxotere I had 3 years ago which made me very sick. The other advantage of Xeloda is that it is tablet form.

I had quite a long wait this morning before starting the Avastin but all went well and no side effects at the time. Also had my usual Pamidronate so I was at the hospital for nearly 6 hours!


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