In 2018 Libby had her daughter Violet. This was the best day of her life. A mere 7 months later a surprise breast cancer diagnosis was the worst day of her life. Libby was given a stage 3a breast cancer diagnosis and pursued all the early stage treatment, included 8 rounds of harsh chemotherapy, a single mastectomy and radiation.
Unfortunately, at a follow-up less than 6 months later metastatic disease was found in her bones. Stage 4 breast cancer is terminal, with an average survival of 36 months. Libby was put on the a cdk 4/6 inhibitor drug and hormone blocker. She was also given radiation.
Libby's disease does not seem to have responded to either hormone treatment or the newest line of treatment CDK 4/6 inhibitors. Recent scans showed probable progression in several additional bones. Very few lines of treatment exist after this and Libby's doctor has estimated she has about 2 years left to live.
Libby needs more hope. Libby's daughter needs more hope.
Foundation One offers a genomic test which can open up additional treatment options by showing specific actionable mutations such as PIK3A and PDL1. If an actionable mutation exists there could be several drugs that could be tried.
This test is not covered through the province like other cancer treatments, and patients are forced to pay out of pocket. This test could open up several additional lines of treatment to Libby.
We would appreciate help covering the $6000 dollars for the test. As well we have added an additional $4000 to the goal to cover potential travel to different doctors or trials for a second opinion, or cover out of pocket costs for drugs that have to go through private insurance.
After the test is done we will update this as we get more information about whether actionable mutations exist and what treatment option will be tried next.
Any money not spend on Libby's treatment and associated costs will be donated towards Metastatic Breast Cancer research and programs. In the event of Libby's passing all money will also be donated to Metastatic Breast Cancer research and programs.
- Lisa Schell
- Michaela Bilik
- Michael Bertoline
- Maxine Brochu
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