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In Memory of Eileen Geoghegan


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[p]In mum’s memory, we as a family have decided to raise money for Pancreatic Cancer UK. This awful disease is not widely publicised and understood and is so commonly misdiagnosed until it is too late to respond with any meaningful medical treatment.[/p][p]In the two years leading up to her diagnosis, Mum went back and forth to the doctors with various symptoms which we later found out were symptoms of pancreatic cancer.[/p][p]It was not until March 2020 when mum’s health deteriorated rapidly that the possibility of cancer was first discussed. Mum was unable to keep water down and her stomach had become severely distended. The initial response from the GP was to send mum home with anti-sickness medication and we were told that a CT scan would be organised at a later date. Given the seriousness of mum’s symptoms and the great deal of discomfort she was in, we decided against waiting any longer and took mum to an out of hours doctor that night. After a brief physical examination he suspected she had pancreatic cancer. In his words, the Trust had “failed her”. Mum was sent home again with the plan for a CT scan at a later date.[/p][p]Later that same night we decided to take mum directly to A&E after being sent home twice that day by GPs. Given mum's symptoms, we were not happy that no immediate investigation was actioned and saw no other alternative. Mum finally had her first CT scan when she was admitted to hospital via A&E, which showed she had a blockage in her bowels (which later was confirmed to be caused by a tumour protruding from the pancreas). This explained her ongoing symptoms and discomfort. As a result, mum had to have emergency surgery to address the potentially fatal blockage before the cancer could be further investigated.[/p][p]Following subsequent tests and scans, mum was finally diagnosed with advanced stage pancreatic cancer with lesions on the liver and nodules on the lungs on 25th March 2020. Mum started palliative chemotherapy on 29th April 2020 but unfortunately, due to complications caused by the blockage in her bowels, it had to be stopped. We cared for mum at home until she lost her fight on 26th August 2020, surrounded by her family at home.[/p][p]If mum’s symptoms had been correctly diagnosed as pancreatic cancer at an earlier stage, it could have avoided the complications she endured due to the blockage in the bowel and it may have been possible to not only prolong her life with radiotherapy/chemotherapy but also employ the use of immunotherapy to potentially ‘cure’ her.[/p][p]We now hope to better publicise the symptoms of pancreatic cancer as well as raise money for further research and funding in an area which is significantly underfunded. Whilst pancreatic cancer is the 5th most common cause of cancer deaths in the UK, is it known as the ‘silent killer’ due to the symptoms being often misdiagnosed and attributed to less serious illnesses/diseases.[/p][p]We would not wish what we as a family have had to endure over the past 6 months on anyone else. Hopefully, this page and the money raised may go some way to helping others who would not otherwise be aware of pancreatic cancer and its symptoms.[/p]

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