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Help Nicola battle Head and Neck Squamous Cell Carcinoma (HNSCC)

Cause page created in the Health category by Cleo Wearne for Nicola Wearne

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Nicola needs your help to cover the costs of unfunded immunotherapy treatment

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Nicola is a beloved single mother of two fighting Stage IV Head and Neck Squamous Cell Carcinoma (HNSCC). Since her diagnosis in January, Nicola has completed surgery as well as chemotherapy and radiotherapy. However, Nicola requires further treatment in the form of the immunotherapy drug Keytruda (Pembrolizumab). Unfortunately, KEYTRUDA is not funded in New Zealand and comes with a price tag of ~$70,000NZD for 6 months.

Mum is 46 years old and mother to me and my younger brother Adam (19 and 16). In January she went into the doctors with ulcers on the tongue, believing them to be complications associated with her Rheumatoid Arthritis. After biopsies mum came home with a shock diagnosis of an aggressive form of HNSCC. Since January mum has undergone surgery involving the removal of the initial tumours, along with the lymph nodes and tongue. Following surgery mum has completed courses of both chemotherapy and radiotherapy. Despite these treatments the cancer has returned.

KEYTRUDA is an advanced immunotherapy drug that works by blocking the PD-1 pathway and to help prevent cancer cells from hiding. The immune system is your body’s natural defence against disease and sends certain types of cells called T cells throughout your body to detect and fight infections and diseases—including cancer.Cancer cells may use the PD-1 pathway to hide from T cells. This stops T cells from attacking cancer cells and allows cancer cells to grow and spread.Through blocking the PD-1 pathway, KEYTRUDA allows the body to identify and fight the cancer cells, with less harm to the body than chemotherapy drugs.

Aside from being an amazing mum, Nicola is also a nurse and runner.

In 2010, mum found out she had Rheumatoid Arthritis. However that hasn't stopped her living her life, and has since run marathons all over the world, including the Arctic Circle and on Everest.

She is usually a highly active person, so is understandably struggling with being stuck in hospitals and in bed. Any help towards speeding up her recovery and getting her back out running would be greatly appreciated, no matter how small.

Cleo Wearne's involvement (page creator)

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Any money raised will go towards the cost of KEYTRUDA and any addition medical expenses going forward.

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  • Henri

    Henri on 15 Oct 2019



  • Emma

    Emma on 12 Oct 2019


    I'm so sorry you are going through this Nic xx Jack and I are thinking of you and the kids.


  • Toka Whanau

    Toka Whanau on 12 Oct 2019


    Keep fighting Wonder Mum💞


  • Lexi

    Lexi on 11 Oct 2019



  • Guest Donor

    Guest Donor on 11 Oct 2019



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This page was created on 2 Sep 2019 and closes on 3 Mar 2020.
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