A 19-year-old teenager has been diagnosed with stage-four cancer after delaying to see her GP for months due to COVID-19 lockdown.
Paige Heeland from Tunstall, Stoke-on-Trent will have to deal with months of painful chemotherapy after she was informed of her Hodgkin Lymphoma.
Metro News reports that Paige, who is a nursery worker first noticed a small lump in the right side of her neck in January but ignored it.
In March, the lump had grown to the size of a 10p coin. She was reportedly told by her doctor to “keep an eye on it” during an appointment.
Finally, in September, she met with her doctor and was asked to conduct a biopsy where she was diagnosed with stage-four cancer.
Paige is advising others to see doctors as soon as they discover a change in their body and wished she had seen her doctor sooner.
The social worker said, according to Metro report, that she first “noticed a little lump in January whilst lying in bed with my boyfriend, but it was so small that I didn’t think anything of it.
“With coronavirus, I didn’t want to go to the doctors but when I did eventually make an appointment, it was a phone appointment so the lump couldn’t be properly examined.
“It took six months for me to get a biopsy and I do wonder if it would have been different if I had been diagnosed sooner – it might not have progressed to stage four.
“When I found out, I was with my mum and we just broke down. I’ve been told that it is treatable so I’m trying to stay positive but it’s really upsetting.
“I’m currently in the process of having my eggs frozen as I’ve been warned that the chemotherapy may leave me infertile – I never expected to have to freeze my eggs at 19 years old.
“I’ve had to leave my job and the chemotherapy is going to start soon; my whole world has been turned upside down.
“I want to urge people to go to the doctors as soon as possible if they notice any changes in their body; even if you’re not worried about it, just go and be safe.
“I should have been seen much quicker than I was but with coronavirus, all appointments are telephone appointments so it’s important to call as soon as you notice any changes.’”