unfunded cancer treatment
Davey often put his life and livelihood on the line to improve the world we live in..he really does deserve a break.Waikato
Davey was diagnosed with oesophageal cancer in 2016 in the Netherlands..they advised he had six months to live without treatment..twelve months with.
Davey was working as Technical Manager of Greenpeace's ships (on a volunteer and paid basis) which involved extensive travel and responsibilities with symptoms of his cancer overlooked until well-advanced.
After four years of treatment in Australia and here in New Zealand only one option remains that will give him a positive prognosis..Pembrolizumab (Keytruda).
Approved by the FDA in 2019 it remains unfunded in NZ.
We have financed one treatment of Keytruda privately at the hefty price of $10,000 with subsequent treatments recommended every three weeks..and unaffordable to us.
Patricia Kouwenberg's involvement (page creator)
Davey is my partner of 32 years..we met on a Greenpeace ship on which he was working.
Use of funds
To fund further Keytruda treatment.Without exception his oncologists recommend Keytruda as a viable option with his condition favorable for long-term remission.
Davey has had four Keytruda treatments to date. He is feeling good. After asking the oncologist in NZ how do we know if the Keytruda is working, he said we don’t know until a ct scan is done.
Davey arrived Friday night back in Perth and is self isolating in our house, while I am staying at our son John’s house for two weeks.
Early January Davey will have a ctscan and see his oncologist in Perth.
For everyone who has so kindly and generously donated and shown an interest in his battle with cancer. From our family to you a big thank you and a merry Xmas and a happy new year.
As soon as we have some more news I will update this page.
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This page was created on 25 Aug 2020 and closes on 25 Feb 2021.