Ovarian cancer patient gives support to others

Becky Brothwood during treatment

A Merseyside student, who mistook cancer symptoms as a sign of pregnancy, has praised staff at Clatterbridge for looking after her and given her support to other young patients.

Becky Brothwood hit the headlines around the country after revealing the hormones in her body made a pregnancy test wrongly return a positive result.

However, a scan found a cancerous tumour in her left ovary and it was removed during surgery.

She spoke to presenter Steve Evans as part of Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month and is warning young women to be aware of the symptoms.

Becky, who was 18 when she was diagnosed, first sought medical advice after developing a swollen tummy and needing to urinate frequently.

She was also suffering bouts of severe pain and bleeding.

She was treated on the Teenage and Young Adult Unit at The Clatterbridge Cancer Centre and told listeners to the Coffee Club that staff were "amazing."

"It was a bit like I was going to stay somewhere for a while rather than get treatment in a hospital." - Becky Brothwood

Becky Brothwood now

About 7,300 women are diagnosed with ovarian cancer in the UK each year, according to Cancer Research UK.

Studies show that when a woman is diagnosed at the earliest stage, her chance of surviving for five years or more doubles from 46% to more than 90%.

Becky underwent nine weeks of chemotherapy and has now been given the all clear from her doctor.

She and her family have raised more than £3,000 for The Clatterbridge Cancer Charity and she will also be telling her story at her old school.

And the 20 year old had a message to current young patients in the unit.

"Make yourself laugh. Watch funny videos. If you increase your positivity you'll feel beeter inside. Surround yourself by family and friends and know that you can get through it. You're a lot stronger than you think." - Becky Brothwood

Becky told listeners that Clatterbridge is "the most amazing hospital in the world."

She is studying health and social care at university and hopes to become occupational therapist or work for a charity.


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