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Breast Cancer / BRCA1---Needing financial assistance to make trips to Houston for chemo.

My mother, Diane Gonzales, was diagnosed with a second primary Breast cancer in November of 2009. Her first bout with breast cancer was in 2006, when she was 46 years old. Her diagnosis in 2006 was Stage III Triple Negative Breast cancer. After going through 12 weeks of Paclitaxol (weekly treatments) and 12 weeks of FEC (once every 3 weeks...called her cocktail), we found out that the tumors had shrunk!! She then underwent a lumpectomy where the surgeon removed approximately 26 lymph nodes. She then went for radiation and was in remission. In March of 2009, she had her mammogram at MD Anderson Cancer Center (MDACC) in Houston, Texas and it was negative. Fast forward to November 2009: she found a lump in the opposite breast. After having a biopsy, we found out it was malignant and started making preparations to go back to MDACC. Her doctor was the same one from her last time at MDACC....she is wonderful!! Her doctor put my mom through all the "usual" tests to determine exactly what we were dealing with and it was the exact same cancer, type, and stage as before. We were puzzled to say the least! What were the chances of this happening twice?! Her doctor met with her associates to discuss mom's case and decided to put her on the same treatment as before. This time though, mom had to see a Cardiologist because, as we were told, the FEC can cause cardiac toxicity and there is a lifetime limit on how much one person can have. Her first visit with the Cardiologist went well; however, this last visit showed that the bottom of her heart isn't beating "like they want it." They have decided that after her 12 weeks of Paclitaxol, she will receive a different "cocktail" of FAC, which is different from the FEC. This is because they think her heart may not handle the FEC. Now she will have to have a pump to go along with her subclavian port and make 2 visits per week to Houston, which is a 3-5 hour drive, depending on traffic, etc. She has also been tested for genetic mutations--BRCA1 and 2. She was positive for the BRCA1 mutation. The chemo has made her very fatigued this time around and she also has more neuropathy in her extremeties. She tries to work at least 1 or 2 days a week if she is up to it and her husband only works a few days a week now as well. ANY help we can get to help cover expenses would be GREAT and APPRECIATED. God Bless You All & Thank you very much!!
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