Patient stories about early diagnosis
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Stories from patients about early diagnosis
Helping more people survive cancer is the aim of everything we do. Read stories from people who have benefited from an early diagnosis, and how research has made a difference to them.
Helping spot oesophageal cancer early
Tony from Peterborough was diagnosed with Barrett’s oesophagus, which developed into oesophageal cancer. Thanks to regular endoscopies it was picked up early. He is now taking part in the Cancer Research UK-funded BEST2 trial. “I was delighted to take part in the trial as I feel it is my way of giving something back.”
Sarah was diagnosed with cervical cancer in November 2016, after results from a routine cervical screening test came back abnormal. She had surgery, and because her cancer had been picked up at the earliest stage, she didn't need any further treatment. “I’ve become much more aware of my own body and the importance of seeking advice if something’s not right. It’s hugely important for me to set a good example to my daughter Maisie – I want her to get into good habits for the rest of her life.”
Carol from Lancashire was diagnosed with bowel cancer in Jan 2013 after completing a routine bowel screening kit she received in the post. “Thankfully I only needed surgery. Some people don’t like the idea of doing the tests, but I thought it was important. Because my cancer was diagnosed early, the treatment was straightforward. I was only in hospital for six days and made a good recovery.”
Sue from Scotland was diagnosed with ovarian cancer in 2009. “When the consultant told me it was cancer, I was really upset, obviously, but then I thought: ‘Right I’ve just got to deal with this’. My cancer was diagnosed early. It’s far easier to remain positive when you know it’s been found at an early stage.”
"My wife persuaded me to see my GP"
Clive from Lancashire was diagnosed with bowel cancer in November 2003. “I am so grateful to my wife Linda, who persuaded me to see my GP after I told her about seeing blood in my poo. Luckily the cancer was caught in its early stages, and thanks to the excellent treatment I received, my last scans were clear and I am living life to the full.”