Interview 25- Ovarian cancer
Age at interview: 61
Age at diagnosis: 58
Brief outline: Ovarian cancer diagnosed in 2000 following breathlessness and abdominal bloating. Treated with chemotherapy then surgical removal of ovaries and womb and more chemotherapy. Subsequent lumps in armpit, leg and groin treated with further chemotherapy.
Background: Retired nurse manager, married, one adult child.
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- Retired nurse manager, married, one adult child.
And the Sister and a doctor sat down on my bedside, closed the bedroom door and said “awfully sorry, it's very bad news, you've got a massive ovarian cancer.” And I was saying “hang on, I came in with a chest complaint. You know, I've got no symptoms, no bleeding, nothing.” And they said, “well, I'm sorry, you have.” And I said, “oh fine, I'll have a hysterectomy, then.” And they said “no, it's gone way beyond that, surgery will be completely out of the question, it's too far advanced for that.”
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