This Morning star to undergo bowel cancer surgery after being misdiagnosed twice
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The This Morning resident doctor opened up about being diagnosed with bowel cancer, explaining she is set to have more treatment this week. Dr Philippa told Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield she thought she was “too young” to have the disease after she was diagnosed at the age of 39.
She urged This Morning viewers not to put off going to the doctor if they have symptoms as it was important to be sure.
Speaking of her own diagnosis, Dr Philippa said: “When you’re young and even as a doctor, you think ‘This cannot be cancer.’
“I had had three emergency caesarean sections and I had some pain in my pelvis and assumed it was down to scar tissue and so did my GP.
“I was 39 and I then went to a gynecologist who also thought it was scar tissue, but when you get scar tissue in your pelvis you should go to a bowel surgeon.
“You have to have a period of scans to check where it is.
“And for a lot of us, it’s the waiting and uncertainty that is most difficult.
“I had a really big surgery and six months of chemotherapy.
“Then we thought we were done but there is a lesion that is still going and I am going in for a whopper at the end of this week.”
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Dr Philippa added: “It’s a ten or 12 hour surgery, but sometimes you have to hurt to heal and this is a step towards recovery.”
Following her appearance on the ITV show, she posted a snap on Instagram sharing more details.
“Today on This Morning I spoke about my own diagnosis of bowel (colorectal) cancer last year when I was 39,” she wrote.
“I had major surgery and chemotherapy and have another big surgery to go this week.
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“I have kept this part of my life private.m not a secret, but private until I felt ready and able to discuss it and raise awareness around all cancers and the experience of being a young adult and a Dr with cancer.
“1 in 2 of us will be diagnosed with cancer at some point in our lives but this much feared diagnosis does not have to mean game over!
“Most people with cancer will be treatable and even those people with incurable cancer are living with their cancer rather than dying from it than ever.
“Please don’t put off going to the Dr if you have symptoms, the earlier we catch it the better and easier it is to treat!
“In the next few months I will be going through the signs and symptoms or various cancers and when to see your GP.
“I have a big surgery coming up this weekend and to everyone in hospital.
“I’m waiting to go for treatment or who has had treatment during this pandemic, without visitors it has been incredibly tough. But we aren’t alone, we have each other!”
This Morning airs weekdays on ITV at 10am.
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