In October of 2011, Maureen was diagnosed with breast cancer. Shortly thereafter, she was diagnosed with a separate lung cancer. Since then, she has undergone chemotherapy, radiation, numerous surgeries (for both breast cancer and lung cancer, having one third of a lung removed), and a clinical trial through Dana Farber Cancer Institute in Boston. The clinical trial medication (Tagrisso) has worked in keeping her lung cancer at bay, however, the lung cancer had metastasized to her liver. Since last winter, she had undergone two liver ablation procedures in an effort to eradicate the cancer cells that have been invading her liver. In May, more spots were found and she was prescribed chemotherapy with Alimta, an infusion drug administered every 3 weeks, in an effort again, to keep the cancer from growing. This has not worked, in fact the spots have doubled in size and the cancer continues to grow. Her doctors have suggested another treatment, immunotherapy with Pecentriq. This therapy could help her immune system to attack the cancer and stop it from growing and spreading, allowing her a longer life!
The ongoing expenses for co-pays, tests, scans, prescriptions, travel and other out-of-pocket expenses are overwhelming, in the thousands of dollars, and absolutely draining!
At this time, we are awaiting approval from her insurance company for her to begin the new treatment plan. If the insurance covers this very costly treatment ($13,000 a month) she will still continue to incur expenses.
From the bottom of our hearts, we thank you for any help you can provide For this amazing woman, who is loved by so many!!!
- Glenda Kelsey
- Matt & Alicia Chapman
- Jon Letourneau
- Brian Savard