In for long haul against can­cer

Cockburn Gazette - - NEWS -

HAMIL­TON Hill’s Mar­garet Amm has been tak­ing the fight to can­cer for more than a decade.

The 69-year-old grand­mother was first di­ag­nosed with breast can­cer in 2007 but learnt a few years later that it had spread to her spine.

This year she reached a no­table mile­stone when she re­ceived her 100th cycle of can­cer treat­ment. On the day of her mile­stone treat­ment at Fiona Stan­ley Hos­pi­tal (FSH), Ms Amm said she felt blessed to be alive.

“It took a bit of time to process and ac­cept my di­ag­no­sis and that this would be an on-go­ing jour­ney for the rest of my life,” she said.

“There have been many peo­ple close to me who have passed away, so I’m very grate­ful for the treat­ment I’ve re­ceived and I ap­pre­ci­ate ev­ery day.”

FSH med­i­cal on­col­o­gist Hi­lary Martin said it was a sig­nif­i­cant mile­stone.

“The me­dian sur­vival of metastatic breast can­cer is around five years, so most pa­tients don’t end up re­ceiv­ing 100 cy­cles,” she said.

Mar­garet Amm cel­e­brates her 100th cycle of can­cer treat­ment with nurses Jane Conchie, An­n­marie Con­roy, Laura Ke­van and Dr Hi­lary Martin.

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