Mother died after chemo was ‘paused’ during lockdown

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Mother died after chemo was ‘paused’ during lockdown

A young mother has died of bowel cancer after her chemo was ‘paused’.

Kelly Smith, 31, a ‘vivacious’ beautician from Macclesfield, was told by her doctors in March that her chemo treatment was to be ‘paused’ for three months. Tragically, Miss Smith’s bowel cancer spread and she passed away on June 13th.

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Cancer Research UK warned this week that thousands of unnecessary death could occur because of cancelled treatments are delayed diagnoses.

The Daily Mail reports that Miss Smith was first diagnosed with cancer in 2017 and it had since spread to her lungs, liver, intestines and brain. She was in the middle of a new round of chemotherapy when her treatment was ‘paused’.

Shortly before her death, Miss Smith said: “I’m angry at Covid and that I got put on this break because I don’t think I should have. I’m terrified – absolutely terrified. I don’t want to die. I feel like I’ve got so much more to do.”


Professor Karol Sikora, a consultant oncologist at the University of Buckingham, warned that “the Government mustn’t make the mistake of shutting everything down again. That would be the wrong decision.”

The backlog is so long that 3 million are now waiting for screening, says Cancer Research UK.


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