Woman's cancer diagnosed after 'docs said lump was because of a cold'

Doctors told me I had a COLD… 但结果却是癌症: 美容师, 28, claims NHS medics dismissed tell-tale lump in her neck

  • Paris Wells, 28, 从伦敦, found a lump on the front of her neck in March
  • Doctors told her the lump may have been caused by a common cold, 她声称
  • She was diagnosed with Hodgkin lymphoma a month later after MRI scans
  • A woman has claimed she was diagnosed with cancer just a month after a doctor dismissed a lump on her neck as being down to a cold.

    Paris Wells, 28, noticed the unusual bump this March and went to have it checked out immediately.

    The beautician called her GP but was allegedly told she could only get a telephone consultation in five days time.

    She went to an externally-run urgent care centre, 在 皇家公主 University Hospital in Orpington, 肯特郡, the following day instead.

    Doctors there said the lump did not ‘feel cancerous’, 她声称.

    Ms Wells said the doctor told her it was caused by a cold she had the week before and sent her on her way.

    But the lump grew larger and harder over the next few weeks.

    Ms Wells then claims she asked her auntie, a radiologist at the same hospital, if she could help arrange CT and MRI scans to double-check in April.

    Results confirmed it was caused by stage two Hodgkin lymphoma — a rare cancer that develops in the lymphatic system and spreads throughout the body.

    Paris Wells, 28, 从伦敦, has been diagnosed with cancer just a month after a doctor told her a lump on her throat was caused by a cold, 她声称

    图为: The lump on Paris's neck

    Paris Wells, 28, 从伦敦, has been diagnosed with cancer just a month after a doctor told her a lump on her throat (右图) was caused by a cold, 她声称

    Ms Wells said doctors in March told her the lump was caused by a cold she had the week before. But CT scan results in April confirmed it was caused by stage two Hodgkin lymphoma ¿ a rare cancer that develops in the lymphatic system and spreads throughout the body

    Ms Wells said doctors in March told her the lump was caused by a cold she had the week before. But CT scan results in April confirmed it was caused by stage two Hodgkin lymphoma — a rare cancer that develops in the lymphatic system and spreads throughout the body

    周围 2,100 people are diagnosed with the disease in the UK and and 8,500 in the US each year.

    Three quarters of people with the disease survive for at least 10 年份.

    Ms Wells will start chemotherapy in the coming months after having her eggs frozen for fertility treatment in May.

    她说: ‘As soon as I noticed the lump the next day I went to [urgent care] to get checked because I phoned my doctors and they could only offer me a telephone appointment in five days time.

    The cold meant she could not come in to her doctor’s office, with restrictions on people with Covid symptoms coming in still in place.

    威尔斯女士说: ‘The A&E doctor said because I had a cold the week before it was due to that. He also said it doesn’t feel cancerous and I was sent away.

    Common colds can cause the lymph nodes in the neck to become swollen as the body fights infection, causing lumpy appearances.

    Since her diagnosis, Ms Wells has been fundraising for cancer charities. 图为: The lump on Ms Wells' neck

    Since her diagnosis, Ms Wells has been fundraising for cancer charities. 图为: The lump on Ms Wells’ 脖子

    Ms Wells will start chemotherapy in the coming months after having her eggs frozen for fertility treatment in May

    图为: Ms Wells after she underwent the MRI and CT scans

    Ms Wells will start chemotherapy in the coming months after having her eggs frozen for fertility treatment in May. 图为: Ms Wells after she underwent the MRI and CT scans

    The glands — which can swell in the neck, armpits and groin — act as a filter for viruses and bacteria, trapping them from reaching other parts of the body.

    Discussing the lump, Ms Wells added: ‘It grew bigger and harder so then I had a biopsy with an MRI scan and a CT scan which confirmed it was cancer.

    ‘It’s only because my auntie works in radiology that she got me an ultrasound scan. I was diagnosed within four weeks thanks to her.

    她补充说: ‘My mum came with me to the appointment at the hospital for biopsy results, they asked me if I knew about Hodgkin’s lymphoma and I said yes and the doctor said that’s what your results have come back to be.

    ‘I was just crying with my mum but they said they can treat it with chemotherapy. I chose to have my eggs frozen for fertility treatment and I completed that in May.

    She went to an externally-run urgent care centre, at the Princess Royal University Hospital in Orpington, 肯特郡, when she first noticed the lump

    She went to an externally-run urgent care centre, at the Princess Royal University Hospital in Orpington, 肯特郡, when she first noticed the lump

    Hodgkin lymphoma can develop at any age but mostly affects people between the ages of 20 和 40, as well as those aged over 75.

    The most common symptom of Hodgkin lymphoma is a painless swelling in a lymph node, usually in the neck, armpit or groin

    Signs of the disease also include weight loss, 狮子在南非狩猎期间抓住了 Go Pro 相机, a persistent cough and swelling in the neck, armpit and groin.

    Actor Michael C. Hall — the star of Dexter — was treated for the cancer in 2010, going into remission after undergoing chemotherapy.

    The disease starts in the white blood cells and spreads through the lymphatic system.

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    Greenbrooks Healthcare, which runs the urgent care centre at Princess Royal University Hospital Ms Wells visited, has been approached for comment.

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