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Weʼre raising £8,000 to fund Dendritic cell Vaccine therapy for Ilona.

London, UK
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Ilona, my mum, got diagnosed with an Ovarian stage 4 cancer in May 2015.

How? Why my mum (she is only 50?!)? We don’t have history of cancer? Where were the signs and symptoms? Unfortunately, as many fellow cancer patients know, with this type of cancer there were no obvious signs or symptoms. Between the months of April and May 2015, mum started to feel unwell, with stomach cramps and bloating. It took multiple tests and NHS visits, to different doctors… to hear the words we never expected to … Ovarian cancer… Stage 4. The world collapsed. Heart was heavy.

With the help of my Aunt my mum’s sister, we embarked on the most difficult battle we have all experienced to date…

- Mum underwent a full hysterectomy with severe case of ascites, just few days after being diagnosed with ovarian cancer (May 2015)

- This was followed by Chemotherapy (Paclitaxel/Carboplatin -8 courses between July/2015-Dec/2015)

Despite initial positive signs that the treatment had worked, and doctors whispering of a ‘remission’ our fight was not over. The Cancer came back … stronger … harder… more aggressive

- In Oct 2017, during a follow up appointment Ilona was told she has relapsed and cancer has returned

- Mum underwent chemotherapy – Round 2 (6 Courses of Gemzana and 6 courses of Carboplatina were administered between Feb/2017 and Sept/2017)

- Alongside chemo we are trying alternative therapies to support mum’s treatments and immune system - herbal tonics to support her body, change in diet

- Chemo Round 2 does not work as well – after 11 months,CA125 blood markers start rising again. The lymph nodes are now also developing tumours…

What next? What are our options?

My mum, Ilona, is not only my rock and an incredible woman – she is also a daughter, a sister,and the most beloved aunt. She has everything to fight for and we will not give up this battle. Not stone can be left unturned... and we ask for your help to STAND UP TO CANCER:

- Mum is currently undergoing Chemo Round 3 – 6 Courses of Gemzana and 6 courses of Carboplatina

- To supplement chemo, we have been recommended the Dendritic cell Vaccine therapy, which costs £8,000.

- Dendritic cells (DC’s) are powerful antigen presenting cells (which are introduced into the body with the vaccine), and are used to stimulate the antigen specific T Cell responses. This is still in medical trials, but the vaccine has been shown to stimulate immune responses to fight the tumor

Unfortunately, with where we are in my mum’s treatment… we don’t have many options left… but we have a lot of HOPE…

This is something we have to try and we really ask for your support

With love,

Caroline (daughter), Aurelija (little sister), Tristan (nephew), Nijole (mother) and our very own warrior Ilona

xxx

We cannot thank you enough for your support.

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    • Tom

      Tom

      Dec 6, 2018

      Best of luck!!

      £200.00

    • DJ Steve

      DJ Steve

      Dec 5, 2018

      I really hope you get better soon, only met you once & you were lovely

    • Justyna Ronald

      Justyna Ronald

      Dec 5, 2018

      Kochana niech Bog pomoze kochanej Ilonie !

    • Anonymous

      Anonymous

      Dec 5, 2018

      I send my praying for you!Be strong!!xx

    • Andrius Voveris

      Andrius Voveris

      Dec 4, 2018

      £500.00

    • Oliver

      Oliver

      Dec 3, 2018

      Best wishes for your sister!

      £30.00

    • Anonymous

      Anonymous

      Dec 3, 2018

      Best wishes for your sister!

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