An NHS nurse fighting a last-ditch battle against an aggressive form of liver cancer is desperately trying to raise the money for specialist treatment which could save her life.
Charlotte Roe, who was a children’s nurse at the Royal Derby Hospital, learned last year that she had cancer of the bile duct between her liver and small intestine.
Despite major surgery and follow-up chemotherapy, the 28-year-old was told this week the cancer is back and she could have just a few months to live.
But Charlotte is refusing to give up, Derbyshire Telegraph reports.
A GoFundMe page for the woman, who met her “soulmate” Kyle last year, has raised over £70,000, with nearly 3,000 people donating.
The money could be used for one of two potentially life-saving treatments, one of which is only available in the US.
The only other option is more chemotherapy on the NHS – but this is not a cure for her cancer.
Charlotte said: “On Thursday I had an appointment with my oncologist, I was about to go onto my final round of chemotherapy.
“They said the cancer was back and I had spots all over my liver. I was in shock and I asked how long I’d got. They said they didn’t know but it could be a few months. I can’t even explain what it was like to hear that."
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“I don’t want to believe that yet," she said.
"I want to try and find some ground-breaking medicine.
“I am not ready to give up and I would give anything for a little bit longer. The support on the GoFundMe page has made me want to fight even more for a chance at life.
“Me and my partner have got our lives planned out and I can’t imagine not getting to do that. I met my partner in July 2019 and I was living life as a normal 27-year-old and paediatric nurse.”
One treatment available is called SIRT, a new immunotherapy treatment available in the UK, and the other is an advanced type of liver transplant -available only in the US. Neither come with funding.
Charlotte was first told she had cholangiocarcinoma in November 2019, when she was 27.
After visiting the hospital for scans for an autoimmune disease she has had for 10 years, doctors found by chance she had cancer.
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Charlotte had no symptoms of the rare cancer and had never heard of it before.
She said: “It was horrific. I was going into a normal appointment and I was told I had a tumour.
“I had my gallbladder and part of my liver taken out to remove the cancer and they put me on chemotherapy to make sure it had all gone.”
Charlotte said her brother set up the GoFundMe page after researching the treatments which could be available to his sister.
Within hours it had gained 10s of thousands of pounds from friends, family and strangers.
Charlotte said: “The support is incredible, my family were lost for words. I am going on the page every few minutes and I can’t believe it.
She has organised to speak to a doctor in Chicago and a doctor at the Christie Hospital in Manchester about the ground-breaking treatments.
You can donate to Charlotte’s GoFundMe page here.
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