Hospital worker saves niece’s life after demanding she get a cancer scan

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Hospital worker saves niece’s life after demanding she get a cancer scan

A hospital worker saved her niece's life by getting her scanned for cancer after NHS staff allegedly confused her symptoms for a common cold.&nbs

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A hospital worker saved her niece’s life by getting her scanned for cancer after NHS staff allegedly confused her symptoms for a common cold.  

Beauty therapist Paris Wells, 28, from Kent, UK, went to A&E at the Princess Royal Hospital in March 2022 after failing to get a doctor’s appointment.

Medics said she was suffering from a common cold, but Paris’s aunt, Sandra Wells, 56, from Orpington, who works as a hospital worker, rejected the diagnosis. 

Results of a biopsy later confirmed she had Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, a cancer of the lymph nodes, which is the body’s disease-fighting network. 
Beauty therapist Paris Wells (above), 28, from Kent, UK, went to A&E at the Princess Royal Hospital in March 2022 after failing to get a doctor's appointment (Pictured: Paris outside her treament unit, the Chartwell Unit, Kent)

Beauty therapist Paris Wells (above), 28, from Kent, UK, went to A&E at the Princess Royal Hospital in March 2022 after failing to get a doctor's appointment (Pictured: Paris outside her treament unit, the Chartwell Unit, Kent)

Beauty therapist Paris Wells (above), 28, from Kent, UK, went to A&E at the Princess Royal Hospital in March 2022 after failing to get a doctor’s appointment (Pictured: Paris outside her treament unit, the Chartwell Unit, Kent)

And just a week before Paris’s diagnosis her nine-year relationship broke down.   

Paris underwent gruelling treatment for her cancer which reached stage two, including eight rounds of chemotherapy and 17 rounds of radiotherapy, and officially entered remission at the end of last year.

The 28-year-old is now cancer free but says she’s struggling to process the emotional turmoil of her illness. Paris said: ‘I am now cancer free, but I will be having counselling to deal with life after cancer.

Results of Paris's biopsy confirmed she had Hodgkin's Lymphoma, a cancer of the lymph nodes, which is the body's disease-fighting network (Pictured: The lump in Paris's neck that doctors told her was fine)

Results of Paris's biopsy confirmed she had Hodgkin's Lymphoma, a cancer of the lymph nodes, which is the body's disease-fighting network (Pictured: The lump in Paris's neck that doctors told her was fine)

 Results of Paris’s biopsy confirmed she had Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, a cancer of the lymph nodes, which is the body’s disease-fighting network (Pictured: The lump in Paris’s neck that doctors told her was fine)

Doctors said Paris was suffering from a common cold, but Paris's aunt, Sandra (left) Wells, who works at a hospital, rejected the diagnosis (Pictured: Paris and the aunt who saved her life)

Doctors said Paris was suffering from a common cold, but Paris's aunt, Sandra (left) Wells, who works at a hospital, rejected the diagnosis (Pictured: Paris and the aunt who saved her life)

Doctors said Paris was suffering from a common cold, but Paris’s aunt, Sandra (left) Wells, who works at a hospital, rejected the diagnosis (Pictured: Paris and the aunt who saved her life)

And just a week before Paris's diagnosis her nine year relationship broke down and ended, saying the news was very difficult to take (Pictured: Paris in a treatment bed)

And just a week before Paris's diagnosis her nine year relationship broke down and ended, saying the news was very difficult to take (Pictured: Paris in a treatment bed)

And just a week before Paris’s diagnosis her nine year relationship broke down and ended, saying the news was very difficult to take (Pictured: Paris in a treatment bed)

‘In the same week as being diagnosed my boyfriend of nine years ended things with me.

‘It was a lot to take on as well as being told you have cancer. I still struggle now with how he couldn’t even be there as a friend for me, but hopefully the counselling with help with everything.’

She added: ‘When I first noticed my lump, I phoned the doctors that day to get an appointment, and they could only offer me a telephone appointment four days later.

‘Being worried I took myself to A and E the next day. They told me it was a lymph node from a cold a week before, and that it didn’t feel cancerous.

Paris says she struggles with how her ex-partner now could not be there as a friend for her, but is hopeful the counselling will help her (Pictured: Paris on holiday recently)

Paris says she struggles with how her ex-partner now could not be there as a friend for her, but is hopeful the counselling will help her (Pictured: Paris on holiday recently)

Paris says she struggles with how her ex-partner now could not be there as a friend for her, but is hopeful the counselling will help her (Pictured: Paris on holiday recently)

Doctors told her it was a lymph node from a cold a week before, and that it didn't feel cancerous (Pictured: Paris in a hospital gown)

Doctors told her it was a lymph node from a cold a week before, and that it didn't feel cancerous (Pictured: Paris in a hospital gown)

Doctors told her it was a lymph node from a cold a week before, and that it didn’t feel cancerous (Pictured: Paris in a hospital gown)

Paris and her sister on a football pitch, with Paris's younger sister wearing a Sutton United shirt and holding the t-shirt 'my sister beat cancer'

Paris and her sister on a football pitch, with Paris's younger sister wearing a Sutton United shirt and holding the t-shirt 'my sister beat cancer'

Paris and her sister on a football pitch, with Paris’s younger sister wearing a Sutton United shirt and holding the t-shirt ‘my sister beat cancer’ 

Paris's sister during a football game holding the white t-shirt 'my sister beat cancer' next to one of her team mates

Paris's sister during a football game holding the white t-shirt 'my sister beat cancer' next to one of her team mates

Paris’s sister during a football game holding the white t-shirt ‘my sister beat cancer’ next to one of her team mates

‘Luckily my auntie works in radiology. She knew the lump didn’t look right and got a second opinion. She showed someone she works with who said I need to get it checked soon as possible.

‘She got me scanned straight away, and from there I then needed a biopsy.

‘It came back to be cancer. I was diagnosed within four weeks because of her.’

Paris felt lucky her aunty worked in radiology, as she looked at her lump and thought it did not look right (Pictured: Paris during one of her chemo treatment)

Paris felt lucky her aunty worked in radiology, as she looked at her lump and thought it did not look right (Pictured: Paris during one of her chemo treatment)

Paris felt lucky her aunty worked in radiology, as she looked at her lump and thought it did not look right (Pictured: Paris during one of her chemo treatment)

Because of Paris's aunty and her friend, who works with her, Paris got scanned and diagnosed within four weeks (Pictured:

Because of Paris's aunty and her friend, who works with her, Paris got scanned and diagnosed within four weeks (Pictured:

Because of Paris’s aunty and her friend, who works with her, Paris got scanned and diagnosed within four weeks (Pictured: 

Paris chose to freeze her eggs before chemotherapy in case the treatment affected her fertility (Pictured: Paris during chemotherapy)

Paris chose to freeze her eggs before chemotherapy in case the treatment affected her fertility (Pictured: Paris during chemotherapy)

Paris chose to freeze her eggs before chemotherapy in case the treatment affected her fertility (Pictured: Paris during chemotherapy)

Paris chose to freeze her eggs before chemotherapy in case it affected her fertility. 

‘Before I could start any chemotherapy treatments, I chose to have fertility treatment to freeze my eggs just in case the chemotherapy would affect me having children in the future.

‘After completing this fertility treatment at Kings College Hospital, I started my first Chemotherapy in June at the Chartwell Unit at Princess Royal Hospital.

‘After four rounds of Chemotherapy I had a PET scan to see how I was reacting and I was clear, but I still had to complete another four rounds to finish the course.

After completing fertility treatment at Kings College Hospital, she started her first chemotherapy in June at the Chartwell Unit at Princess Royal Hospital (Pictured: Paris during her treatment)

After completing fertility treatment at Kings College Hospital, she started her first chemotherapy in June at the Chartwell Unit at Princess Royal Hospital (Pictured: Paris during her treatment)

After completing fertility treatment at Kings College Hospital, she started her first chemotherapy in June at the Chartwell Unit at Princess Royal Hospital (Pictured: Paris during her treatment)

After four rounds of Chemotherapy she had a PET scan to see how she  was reacting and I was clear, but still had to complete another four rounds to finish the course (Pictured: Paris outside of the Chartwell Uni)

After four rounds of Chemotherapy she had a PET scan to see how she  was reacting and I was clear, but still had to complete another four rounds to finish the course (Pictured: Paris outside of the Chartwell Uni)

After four rounds of Chemotherapy she had a PET scan to see how she  was reacting and I was clear, but still had to complete another four rounds to finish the course (Pictured: Paris outside of the Chartwell Uni)

She also had to have 17 sessions of radiotherapy, attending Guy's Hospital every day (Pictured: Paris fundraising for charity with her friends)

She also had to have 17 sessions of radiotherapy, attending Guy's Hospital every day (Pictured: Paris fundraising for charity with her friends)

She also had to have 17 sessions of radiotherapy, attending Guy’s Hospital every day (Pictured: Paris fundraising for charity with her friends)

She said the side effects were 'pretty awful' until you got them under control (Pictured: Paris sat down waiting for her final treatment)

She said the side effects were 'pretty awful' until you got them under control (Pictured: Paris sat down waiting for her final treatment)

She said the side effects were ‘pretty awful’ until you got them under control (Pictured: Paris sat down waiting for her final treatment)

‘After that I had to have 17 sessions of Radiotherapy, attending Guy’s Hospital every day.

‘The side effects are pretty awful until you get that under control, and knowing that my scan was clear and I still had to have four more Chemotherapy sessions was challenging.’

Paris said her family and friends have been extremely supportive, helping her throughout her cancer treatment.

She added: ‘I completed the lymphoma action walk before my treatment with my friends, and I became an ambassador for the Chartwell Cancer Trust. Lymphoma is a cancer of the lymph nodes, which is the body’s disease-fighting network.

Lymphoma is a cancer of the lymph nodes, which is the body's disease-fighting network (Pictured: Paris outside of her treatment unit)

Lymphoma is a cancer of the lymph nodes, which is the body's disease-fighting network (Pictured: Paris outside of her treatment unit)

Lymphoma is a cancer of the lymph nodes, which is the body’s disease-fighting network (Pictured: Paris outside of her treatment unit)

Paris said her family and friends have been extremely supportive, helping her throughout her cancer treatment (Pictured: Paris celebrating the end of her treatment)

Paris said her family and friends have been extremely supportive, helping her throughout her cancer treatment (Pictured: Paris celebrating the end of her treatment)

Paris said her family and friends have been extremely supportive, helping her throughout her cancer treatment (Pictured: Paris celebrating the end of her treatment)

‘My family and friends have come along to charity events I have put on, and it was my best friend Lauren and my Nan who took me to appointments.

‘Everyone was waiting for me outside my last Chemotherapy session to ring the bell.

‘It’s important to not be afraid and keep a positive mindset.I’m off on a well-deserved holiday and going back to work.

‘In the future, I would really like to set up a podcast discussing people’s journeys and what helped us through things, so when anyone else is diagnosed they can listen too.’

Hodgkin’s lymphoma: A cancer that attacks the body’s disease-fighting network 

Lymphoma is a cancer of the lymph nodes, which is the body’s disease-fighting network.

That network consists of the spleen, bone marrow, lymph nodes and thymus gland. There are various types of lymphoma, but two main ones: non-Hodgkin’s and Hodgkin’s. 

Hodgkin’s lymphoma is a type of cancer that starts in the white blood cells. It is named after Thomas Hodgkin, an English doctor who first identified the disease in 1832.  

It affects around 1,950 people each year in the UK, and 8,500 a year in the US.

Hodgkin’s lymphoma is most common between the ages of 20 and 24, and 75 and 79. 

The survival rates are much more favorable than most other cancers. 

Symptoms include:  

  • a painless swelling in the armpits, neck and groin 
  • heavy night sweating
  • extreme weight loss 
  • itching
  • shortness of breath 
  • coughing 

Risk factors: 

  • lowered immunity
  • a family history of the condition
  • smokers 
  • those who are overweight

Treatment: 

  • chemotherapy
  • radiotherapy
  • steroids 
  • stem cell or bone marrow transplants

 

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