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Heartbreak as mum given months to live after being told cancer was haemorrhoids

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A mum has been given just months to live after being diagnosed with cancer, following four years of being told her pain was haemorrhoids.

Lucy Ogilvie, 40, from Muswell Hill in north London, said her liver had swelled up so much she "looked six months pregnant".

But for four years, she had been told by her GP it was "just haemorrhoids".

She believes doctors need to keep up to date as a higher proportion of younger people are now being diagnosed than ever before.

Lucy is now fighting for the right to use a treatment currently unapproved in Europe.

Her rare stage four cancer is highly mutational and the mum-of-two was told at diagnosis she would live no longer than December.

She is determined to prolong her life for her young daughters Aoife, seven, and two-year-old Enid.

Having taken part in a targeted trial, as well as radiotherapy and multiple rounds of chemotherapy, Lucy said she is "running out of options".

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She told the Mirror Online: "The problem is a lot of young people get fobbed off and don't get the right diagnosis until its too late."

Lucy said for over four years she had been going to her GP with blood in her stools.

"Every single time I was told it's just haemorrhoids, go away."

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She went on: "The last time I did that was December 2018 – he gave me this stool sample test to do but he was so convincing it was haemorrhoids I just thought I won't bother doing that, which was really annoying in the end."

In April 2019, she began suffering from bad bloating as well as pain in her lower abdomen.

Following a stool sample test, she was given a colonoscopy and a primary tumour was found.

"Either the GPs just totally don't believe young people could get it or there's some cost thing going on because it seems silly to not just let people have tests at the right time," she continued.

"When things change, like in the last five years it has grown exponentially the number of people getting diagnosed with bowel cancer – they need to keep up to date."

Lucy paid for a special molecular test at Harley Street clinic Leaders of Oncology Care (LOC), not currently available on the NHS, and says her oncologist believes immunotherapy could work for her.

The treatment has seen people with stage four cancer cured, but it isn't currently approved for use by the European Medicines Agency for her type of cancer.

This means she would have to cover the costs – around £6,000 every two weeks for up to three years – by herself.

Last week she set up a GoFundMe page and was stunned to raise £24k in just 24 hours.

She has now raised more than £60k of her £156k target.

  • Cancer
  • NHS
  • London

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