Maureen's Story - Lymphatic Cancer

Maureen's Story

- Lymphatic cancer

Maureen, from London, was initially diagnosed with lymphatic cancer of the liver in 2011. In the summer of 2016, she started experiencing extreme headaches and was getting very confused, which was highlighted whilst on a walking trip in Wales.


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Maureen's daughter made an appointment for her to see the GP, but she slept through and missed it. Her daughter then made an urgent appointment by contacting 111.

Maureen said: "To make sure I got to the next one, my parents came down to accompany me. I don't remember anything of the appointment."

During the appointment, she was told to go to A&E and was admitted straight away to hospital. She was then diagnosed with diffuse large B cell lymphoma, which had spread.

Maureen joined the MARIETTA clinical trial which we funded. "I could have chosen not to go on the trial, but being part of it meant that I would get more examinations and monitoring. So, it was more reassuring to be part of it."

In addition to staying in the hospital, Maureen was able to stay in a nearby hotel, specifically for patients undergoing chemotherapy. Maureen had a difficult eight months of chemotherapy and a cell transplant.

Now, Maureen's back at work, she sings in a choir, and she's supporting Stand Up To Cancer.

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