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1 Thursday, March 26, 2020 14:02

Coronavirus: Cancer patient's chemotherapy put on hold


Image copyright Nancy Carter-Bradley Image caption The mother-of-two has been receiving chemotherapy for the past five months A woman with brain cancer has been told her chemotherapy has stopped because of the coronavirus outbreak.

Nancy Carter-Bradley, 44, from Hampshire, said the health secretary should ring-fence cancer treatment.She said her treatment at a London hospital had paused as it was at full capacity and oncologists were helping with the response to coronavirus.Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust said it was exploring use of private healthcare facilities.

Mrs Carter-Bradley, from Penwood, said she had been dealing with unbelievable stress since she was informed her chemotherapy at Charing Cross Hospital for stage three brain cancer would be paused. Chemotherapy is a cancer treatment in which medicine is used to kill cancer cells. It stops the cells from reproducing, which prevents them from growing and spreading in the body.

Shorten my lifeThe mother-of-two, who was diagnosed with brain cancer in 2005, was in remission until October of last year. When her cancer returned she was put on a course of chemotherapy for a year.Mrs Carter-Bradley said: With a matter of urgency there needs to be some sort of reassurance with regards to how our treatment can carry on, even if there are delays, rather than a complete stop.

She said she knew of several other cancer patients who had also had their treatment held. To have my treatment stopped without doubt is going to shorten my life span, I dont know to what degree, she added. Skip Instagram post by avocadofairy View this post on Instagram My chemo is being paused due to Covid 19 A post shared by 🥑🧚🏻‍♀️ N A N C Y 🥑🧚🏻‍♀️ (@avocadofairy) on Mar 19, 2020 at 2:09pm PDT Report End of Instagram post by avocadofairy
Image Copyright avocadofairy avocadofairy Report The trust said cancer clinicians were reviewing treatment plans for their patients.

A spokeswoman said: Drawing on national guidance, they are working through the timing of any surgery or planned treatment in relation to risk. All essential surgery is going ahead.We are also taking into account the increase in demand were expecting across our hospitals over the next few days and weeks.

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