A girl who was diagnosed with cancer at the age of 12 says she wants other young children who find themselves in a similar position to ‘know they are not alone’, and that they can find the support to help them adapt and live with the illness.
Hope Rooms clearly remembers being told the life-changing news that she had cancer, but admits that because of her young age at the time, the significance of her diagnosis was not something she was able to fully contemplate or understand.
Of course she knew it meant life would never be the same for her and her family, and that she faced the most difficult of times ahead if she was to overcome her illness, but initially, she simply didn’t want to face the reality.
By Lauren Dale, Clinical Negligence Solicitor at Hudgell Solicitors
When we visit doctors and hospitals with our loved ones, we do so seeking reassurance and clarity. We usually want to know why they have been taken ill, what it means for their health, and what can be done to put them on the mend as soon as possible.
We essentially visit hoping for good news, and thankfully, in most cases, doctors and nurses have the answers we crave.
A paralegal who was told she has more than an 88 per cent chance of developing breast cancer is planning a major fundraising event to raise awareness and money to help in the fight against the disease.
Nicola Downey, who is based in Hudgell Solicitors’ London office, tested positive for the BRCA 1 gene, which means she has an 88.8 per lifetime risk of developing breast cancer, as well as a 60 per cent lifetime risk of ovarian cancer, compared to the 12 per cent risk faced by the general population.
Now, she has made the potentially life-saving decision to have a double mastectomy and reconstructive surgery in a major operation early next year.
A study published by The National Cancer Intelligence Network reports that almost a third of cancers in the over-70s are only diagnosed when a patient is admitted to hospital as an emergency.
The most frequent cancers in the over-70s to be diagnosed during an emergency admission include 70% of central nervous system cancers (which include brain cancers), 55% of pancreatic cancers and 52% of liver cancers.
The report suggests that for all cancer types, patients were much less likely to be alive a year later if they were diagnosed through emergencies, than if they were diagnosed at an earlier time.
The report highlights not only the need for patients to report any concerning symptoms to their GP, but also the necessity for early recognition by GP’s of symptoms that may indicate a potentially serious condition requiring further investigation.
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