Immunotherapy for Roksana (Cancer Treatment)

Immunotherapy for Roksana (Cancer Treatment)

The full course of potentially life saving immunotherapy for Roksana

£3,360 raised of £12,680 target 26 %
126 supporters 30 days left
This project is using Flexible funding and will receive all pledges made by 8:26pm 22nd June 2017

Thank you very much for visiting my Crowd Funder page. My name is Roksana Jaszczak. I am 35 years old from Leeds UK where I have been living for the last 11 years. Originally I'm from a small village in south-west Poland.

I have an amazing husband, 9 year old daughter and 4 year old son. They are my whole world.

In 2013 I was diagnosed with breast cancer and my life changed totally. I started chemotherapy and radiotherapy. Unfortunately this didn't give any results so I opted for surgery.

I was given the all clear and my nightmare was gone. I thought I'm free and can get on with my life but in November 2015 the unthinkable happened and the cancer recurred. The Dr's diagnosed it had spread to my bone( rib), left lung and lymph nodes.

I was offered only chemotherapy and it really wore me out. Even thought I was very depressed the Dr's didn't give me any psychological care. I lost nearly 20 kg because I couldn't eat and whatever i did eat I vomited straight back up. They suggested that I drink only fluids. I lost physical and mental strength but I couldn't give up I had to go on for my kids and husband.

We decided to try a private  clinic in Poland. Fortunately the clinic is in the same city where my brother and his wife live so I can stay there with them during my treatment. My husband and kids have to stay in the UK.

My first consultation with the doctor gave me a lot of hope. They asked for my treatment history and from  my medical notes they said in the UK the doctors never finished any of my treatments . Also nobody told me that the first chemotherapy I had can lead to relapse after 2 years. Straight away they suggested that I change my diet and do a lot more exercise. They diagnosed me with muscular atrophy because of poor health and eating problems I've had as a direct result of the chemotherapy restricting my ability to eat.

My new course of treatment I have started is chemotherapy (AC) , Immunotherapy (Avastin) and infusion (drip) of vitamin C. After the first treatment I feel like a new person and my will to live has come back! I can eat, I can sleep and I have hope.

Unfortunately we can't afford the full course of the treatment. We have managed to pay in full for two treatments but i will still require a further six. My lovely husband is doing his best but it is hard to work and look after kids on his own. Even though my family is helping us the costs of the treatment is too high.

Avastin - one dose every two weeks £1400  TOTAL = £8,400

Chemotherapy - one dose every two weeks £140  TOTAL = £840

Vitamic C drip - one dose( need it twice a week) £60  TOTAL =£1,440

Also the cost of daily dietry supplements plus the consultation and blood tests before every treatment is an extra £2000

The doctors at the clinic in Poland recommend I have a further 6 treatments totaling £12,680. The treatment I received in the UK was funded with medical insurance which has now run out and I can no longer receive any more funding for my treatment in Poland. My only hope now is to raise the money somehow.

Me and my family are forever grateful for any and all help we receive in this difficult time. Thank you so much for reading my story. 

**please note any and all money raised will go towards the treatment even if the course can not be completed**

Immunotherapy, also called biologic therapy, is a type of cancer treatment designed to boost the body's natural defenses to fight the cancer. It uses substances either made by the body or in a laboratory to improve or restore immune system function. Immunotherapy may work in the following ways:

  • Stopping or slowing the growth of cancer cells

  • Stopping cancer from spreading to other parts of the body

  • Helping the immune system work better at destroying cancer cells

  • http://www.cancer.net/navigating-cancer-care/how-cancer-treated/immunotherapy-and-vaccines/understanding-immunotherapy