- Kelly Pendry of North Wales was about to have a hysterectomy to remove the fibroids
- However the surgery was canceled and the chance to detect cancer was missed
- He is one of millions in the UK who have canceled or delayed a session due to COVID
- Now with terminal cancer she is fighting to ‘make memories’ for her 2 children
A mother whose cancer was missed when her routine operation was canceled due to the lockdown is told that her disease is incurable.
Kelly Pendry has vowed to fight the ‘memory make’ disease for her two children, Sam and Isla, and warn other women who may be in her position.
The 41-year-old had a normally harmless growth called fibroids removed along with her womb via a hysterectomy, but the surgery was terminated during the pandemic.
She was then given the devastating news that one of the fibroids was actually a rare form of cancer—one that has now spread to her lungs, chest, and lymph nodes.
Kelly Pendry, 41, along with her husband Michael were given the devastating news that they had developed a rare form of cancer in their womb after an operation that may have caught a tumor was canceled during the COVID lockdown Was.
Kelly (far right) says she’s now fighting to create memories for her children, Isla, 7, (left) and Sam, 9, (right), who have left cancer now in her lungs, chest and lymph nodes have spread.
Kelly Pendry and her husband Michael, whom she described as her ‘rock’ during the devastating ordeal, the mother of two, said she didn’t want what happened to them to happen to anyone else
What are fibroids and what is uterine leiomyosarcoma?
Fibroids are a non-cancerous growth of muscle and fibrous tissue that develops in about one third of women’s wombs.
They can grow to the size of a pea or a melon.
Who gets them?
They are most common in women between the ages of 30 and 50.
They are thought to be more common in women of African-Caribbean descent, as well as in women who are overweight or obese.
Women who have children have a lower risk of developing fibroids and the risk is lower according to the number of children.
Why are they?
The exact cause is unknown but it is believed that the appearance of fibroids is linked to the reproductive hormone estrogen.
What are the symptoms?
Most women who get fibroids will be unaware because only a third develop symptoms.
Symptoms may be heavy or painful periods, abdominal pain, lower back pain, frequent need to urinate, constipation, or pain or discomfort during sex.
What are the treatments for fibroids?
Usually only women who have symptoms of fibroids will receive treatment.
In most cases, medication is given to either reduce symptoms or, in more severe cases, to shrink the fibroids.
Surgery, such as a hysterectomy to remove the womb, is usually only considered if symptoms are particularly severe and if medication has been ineffective.
Are they dangerous?
Most fibroids are harmless and they shrink or disappear over time, especially after menopause.
Although a very rare cancer can develop from fibroids. This is called uterine leiomyosarcoma.
This aggressive cancer is thought to develop in only one to five out of every 1,000 women with fibroids.
It is mostly diagnosed after a biopsy of the fibroids followed by a hysterectomy to treat the condition.
Even if caught early, half of women with cancer will die within five years.
If it spreads beyond the womb, goes away with more than five years of survival, with only 14 percent of women surviving that long.
Mrs Pendry, from Iwlow, North Wales, said she was now wondering ‘what could have happened’ if the operation had gone ahead and the cancer was detected.
“The diagnosis was quite shocking and I sometimes wonder if I would be in this position now if I had had a hysterectomy or had been monitored more closely,” she said.
‘Before the pandemic, everything was set for me to go ahead with the hysterectomy, I even signed the consent form.
‘Unfortunately, because all the routine operations were cancelled, this never happened and I was given different medications, which they hoped would shrink the fibroids, but that didn’t happen.’
Fibroids are a normal growth made up of muscle and fibrous tissue that appear in the womb of about a third of women at some point in their lives.
They are relatively harmless but can cause discomfort and pain in some cases.
The real potential danger of fibroids comes from the fact that they can develop into a rare form of cancer, as was the case with Mrs.
One such cancer, called uterine leiomyosarcoma, affects about one to five out of every 1,000 women with fibroids.
Uterine leiomyosarcoma is an aggressive form of cancer that is usually only diagnosed incidentally when a woman has had a hysterectomy to remove the fibroids and then examines them.
Even if caught early, only about half of women who develop cancer survive for more than five years.
If not caught early, the chances of survival drop sharply, with less than 14 percent of women who have cancer that has spread to other parts of the body surviving more than five years.
Leiomyosarcoma is a type of cancer that appears in the smooth tissues inside the body such as the intestines, stomach, and uterus in women.
In the UK around 600 people are diagnosed with leiomyosarcoma each year.
Mrs Pendry is one of millions in the UK whose surgeries were delayed or canceled due to the chaos of the pandemic.
According to a report published in July, more than 1.5 million NHS operations in England were canceled or delayed in 2020, with more than 2 million expected by the end of this year.
When the surgery was cancelled, Mrs. Pendry was given medication to shrink the fibroids, but sadly, the treatment did not work.
Mrs Pendry, now undergoing palliative chemotherapy, is determined to fight cancer with the support of her husband, Michael.
‘I want people to know my story because fibroids are so common and I don’t want what…