Melbourne mom spends $500,000 on alternative treatments to fight breast cancer diagnosis

A young mother, diagnosed with aggressive breast cancer just days after giving birth, embarks on a costly mission to fight the disease with alternative therapies

  • The mother was diagnosed with an aggressive form of cancer
  • The diagnosis came just two weeks after the birth
  • She has spent $500,000 on alternative treatments

A mother diagnosed with an aggressive form of cancer after giving birth to her child has turned to expensive alternative therapies to try and beat it.

Melbourne’s mother Rachel Dur has just months to live after being diagnosed with breast cancer in 2021.

Ms. Dur has exhausted conventional treatment and spent $500,000 on alternative treatments such as high-dose vitamin and turmeric infusions.

Hyperbaric chambers, hyperthermia treatment and immunotherapy are among the treatments she has tried, with signs that her cancer’s growth is slowing.

The desperate act comes after Ms Dur was initially misdiagnosed by doctors at a US hospital.

Ms. Dur moved to California’s Silicon Valley in 2019 to work as an investment director, the Herald Sun reported.

Melbourne's mother Rachel Dur has just months to live after being diagnosed with breast cancer in 2021

Melbourne’s mother Rachel Dur has just months to live after being diagnosed with breast cancer in 2021

She had become pregnant with her partner Onur Dur and noticed a lump in her breast in the early stages of pregnancy.

Ms. Dur visited a doctor at the medical center who told her the lump was a symptom of pregnancy hormones.

She then gave Birth of their son Ashton on January 9, 2021 when a lactation consultant spotted the lump and advised her to see another doctor.

Ms Dur was diagnosed with breast cancer 13 days later, with the doctor revealing it had spread to her lungs and liver.

Doctors began chemotherapy and radiation, and surgeons performed a lumpectomy to remove the tumor.

Ms. Dur then received the frightening prognosis that she had 12 months to live from August 2022.

She returned to Melbourne in December and is receiving palliative care from Cabrini Hospital.

Her twin sister, Samantha Gomizel, said Ms. Dur was resilient and fought cancer to her last breath.

Melbourne's mother Rachel Dur has just months to live after being diagnosed with breast cancer in 2021

Melbourne’s mother Rachel Dur has just months to live after being diagnosed with breast cancer in 2021

“She’s like the Sherlock Holmes of her own cancer trying to solve the mystery,” she said.

“Rach just says, ‘I’m not dying, that can be cured’ … and I won’t let her die.”

Ms Gomizel said cancer had become a “teacher” for her sister as she continued to seek alternative forms of treatment.

Ms Dur has already begun to come to terms with her horrific diagnosis and has begun emailing her son for him to read when he is older.

Ms Gomizel has started a GoFundMe campaign to raise the money her sister needs to continue her alternative treatment.

She has already raised more than $213,000 with her goal set at $250,000.

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Emma Colton

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