Weʼve raised £10,963 to pay for medical fees towards a successful treatment for melanoma (cell-based therapy) not yet available in the UK.
- Funded on Thursday, 31st August 2023
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The melanoma popped up as a tiny multicoloured mark on my right forearm in 2011. I had an immediate biopsy. In 2020, I found a lump under my arm. The cancer had metastasized into lymph nodes. I had surgery a week later.
Fourteen months later, after another CT scan, it had officially become a Stage 4 disease with tumours on my liver. I carried on working full time. I had mistletoe therapy. I had an immunotherapy drug for half a year but the tumours just grew.
The oncology team suggested a clinical trial of another immuno drug and two chemo pills each night. A barrage of side effects became the norm but I was grateful for the drug trial.
I use my juicer for a big glass of fruit and vegetables every morning. Vomiting usually happened later in the day. I cut down on processed food, sugar, dairy and meat. I haven’t drunk alcohol for about seven years. The last CT scan showed the tumours are still growing.
I heard about a cell-based, personalised immunotherapy treatment where a cancer vaccine is made from my own blood.
In Dr Thomas Neßelhut’s lab in Duderstadt, Germany, my cells will be extracted, trained and multiplied to identify my specific cancer to my immune system. Life expectancy from conventional treatments for metastatic melanoma is an average of five years. Dr Neßelhut stated that all of his melanoma patients are still alive. I don't want to die soon from cancer!
It is a tailored treatment based on the condition of each individual’s situation and, unfortunately, is not yet available in the UK. It is very effective for melanoma and prostate cancers, in particular.
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Apr 13, 2023
This £50 from a friend of mine who wanted to donate plus some money from selling some of my things and a bit more to bring it up to £100.So good to hear that this therapy is working for you, Lisa. 💛
Mar 29, 2023
With much love and blessings.
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Strength and hope. X
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Sending love, and good vibes. Cake soon?
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I am Lisa. I’m 59, mother of three and grandmother to Zahara. I work with young adults who have special educational needs, near the south coast of the UK. Until things became very challenging, I swam weekly in the sea. Picture of my oldest brother, Liam.