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Amy's Last Chance - SIRT Treatment

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Hi there.

My name is Amy and I'm 32 years old. I'm asking for your help to raise money for a radiotherapy treatment that could extend my life.

In January 2017, I gave birth to a stillborn son at 6 months. I had lost 65lbs, became very ill and was eventually admitted to hospital. I had an emergency surgery to remove my entire bowel and give me a permanent ileostomy (poo bag).

I have a genetic condition called familial adenomatous polyposis (FAP) which carries a 100% lifetime risk of bowel cancer, but I didn't know about it because nobody else in my family has it.

Through a number of scans, we discovered that I had stage 4 bowel cancer - it had spread to my liver. I was told that I could have an operation which would erradicate the cancer from my liver.

I began chemotherapy in July and in September we discovered that my liver tumours had grown extremely aggressively and gone from 5 to 30+. My chemo had failed and I was told that my cancer was terminal. I was given two months to live.

I went on to have a palliative chemotherapy which kept my cancer at bay for a short while but we've just found out that it has also stopped being effective and my oncologist has decided to stop it.

There is a treatment which could benefit me called SIRT (Selective Internal Radiation Therapy). It involves injecting microbeads of radiation directly into the liver. The treatment is not currently available on the NHS and it costs £20,000 (Edit: following our consultation, we’ve found out it will be more like £25K).

I want more than anything to have more time to spend with my husband and family. I'm setting aside my pride to ask for your help to get this treatment.

Thanks for reading.
- Amy
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This is a difficult update to post. I entered hospital on Tuesday for my SIRT Part 2 procedure. Unfortunately, there was an issue with my blood tests which suggested that my liver wasn’t doing well. They kept me overnight to do more tests and I ended up with a bowel obstruction which was incredibly uncomfortable. I couldn’t keep food down and sparked a fever. I underwent many tests - ECGs, chest x-ray, blood cultures, etc. The staff were brilliant but couldn’t find a reason for my temperature. I had IV antibiotics and lots of fluids. We had a conversation with my oncologist in Oxford who expressed his deep concern for my overall health. He worried the procedure would cause me more harm than good and potentially even kill me. We had to accept that SIRT was off the table. It has been incredibly hard to accept and I wish that I could be sending more positive news as I feel I’ve let everyone down. I want to sincerely thank everyone who made this a possibility for me as it wouldn’t have even been an option without you. Lots of love. Amy
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Heading to Oxford tomorrow for SIRT Part 1 (take two). My blood test results are still dodgy and suggest infection so I’m unsure as to whether it will happen. My haemoglobin is 71 (below 70 is when they usually do a blood transfusion) so I may need a few pints of the red stuff. Please keep everything crossed as I have chemo on Friday and would very much like it to go ahead!! Also, keep donating blood. Much love, Amy
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