Jodi was 25 when she found out she had breast cancer. She faced the fear that she might have to say goodbye to her little boy.
Jodi and her husband were celebrating the birth of their beautiful little boy, when she found a lump in her breast. Jodi should have been celebrating the beginnings of her new family, but suddenly she was faced with the fear that she might have to say goodbye to her baby before he could even speak.
I burst into tears. This was all too much.
Each round of chemotherapy left Jodi hospitalised for five days, and after every treatment she experienced crippling hot flushes. But above all the exhaustion and pain, it was the fact she was missing out on precious time with her son that left her heart broken.
Despite the side effects, Jodi’s treatment was successful, and she will be able to spend this Mother’s Day with her son and own mum, free from breast cancer.
I’m just one life that’s been saved by research, that touches the lives of so many others
However, Jodi still experiences hot flushes, which not only remind her of this devastating time, but severely impact her everyday life.
A gift this Mother’s Day could help to develop treatments with less crippling side effects. So that women, like Jodi, who develop breast cancer don't just live – they live well.
We’re determined to develop treatments with fewer side effects, so breast cancer patients like Jodi can have their vital treatment and can continue living with a good quality of life.
Our researchers Dr Klaus Pors and his PhD student Josh Swadling are studying a new type of chemotherapy known as duocarmycins. These drugs are very potent and could be highly effective at killing cancer cells, particularly in women whose cancer has spread or retuned.
Unfortunately, duocarmycins are currently too toxic to treat breast cancer, but Dr Pors wants to change this. He is trying to manipulate these drugs so they only become active once they reach breast cancer cells, leaving healthy cells unharmed.
This means that this treatment could spare women from the unpleasant side effects of chemotherapy, such as, hot flushes. If Dr Pors is successful, this approach could be explored as potential new, powerful treatment for women with breast cancer like Jodi.
Around 55,000 women are diagnosed with breast cancer every year. It’s never been more important to invest in life-saving research. Please help us to do that with a gift today. Not just for those women. But for their sons, daughters, and mothers too.
Other ways to show your support:
Take part in our Mother's Day social media campaign by making and sharing a Breast Cancer Now origami heart.
Jodi and her mother have sourced a cooling fan, and created FanU, to help women who suffer from hot flushes, a common side effect of chemotherapy. 10% of all profits will go to Breast Cancer Now.