I had tumour the size of a football and didn’t know

Feeling like a new woman – Val Best

Feeling like a new woman – Val Best

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WHEN Val Best went to her doctor to seek help losing weight she did not expect to end up on the operating table.

Val, 69, was admitted to Colchester General Hospital for a precautionary scan. Imagine her shock when doctors told her a football-sized tumour was growing on an ovary. She underwent an emergency operation. Four days later she left with a photograph of her benign tumour weighing 7.5kg –about 1st – the largest removed at the hospital for 15 years.

Val, of Ivor Court, Highwoods , Colchester, said: “The doctors saved my life. I had been trying to lose weight and I just couldn’t.

“So when I went to the doctor he said the area concerned was a bit hard and sent me to hospital for a scan.

“They told me: ‘We think it might be cancer’ and within two weeks I was in for the operation.”

Val has made a full recovery, having been nursed back to health in her home by family.

She said: “Every day I feel like a new woman. I called the tumour my little space hopper.

“It was like being nine months’ pregnant, but I knew it couldn’t be that at my age. “I think I just would have burst if it had kept growing.”

Jonathan Evans-Jones, a consultant in obstetrics and gynaecology, conducted the operation.

He also removed a number of malignant cancer cells in Val’s uterus, which previous scans had not flagged up.

She said: “I was nervous of what sort of treatment I would get in the hospital, but all the staff were great.”

She will be regularly monitored to make sure no cancerous cells grow back.

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7:48am Tue 24 Jul 12

ShallowRemarks says...

Well well who would have thought. Hope that's the end of that and you make a full recovery.
Well well who would have thought. Hope that's the end of that and you make a full recovery. ShallowRemarks
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11:35am Tue 24 Jul 12

hmedia says...

Hey Val,

Great news that this little beast was detected and removed.

My wife had a 16cm cyst on her ovary back in 2010. She too is being monitored every three months but is coming up to six monthly checkups as it has now been 2 years from end of chemo!

For any women out there who are undergoing treatment or have just completed treatment, please check out www.colchestercopes.
org.uk which is a gynae cancer support group set up by a survivor along with my wife, me and a cns. We meet every second Wednesday at the Kingsland Church above Aldui's in Colchester.

Best of luck to Val ... and thanks to the doctors that spotted and dealt with the cyst!
Hey Val, Great news that this little beast was detected and removed. My wife had a 16cm cyst on her ovary back in 2010. She too is being monitored every three months but is coming up to six monthly checkups as it has now been 2 years from end of chemo! For any women out there who are undergoing treatment or have just completed treatment, please check out www.colchestercopes. org.uk which is a gynae cancer support group set up by a survivor along with my wife, me and a cns. We meet every second Wednesday at the Kingsland Church above Aldui's in Colchester. Best of luck to Val ... and thanks to the doctors that spotted and dealt with the cyst! hmedia
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2:07pm Tue 24 Jul 12

The REAL Norm says...

Well done Val - glad to hear you're recovering well. (I'm assuming this is the same Val who clogs up the letters page with complaints about music being too loud in shops)

All this article is missing is the picture of the tumour itself...!

Peace out Colcestrians
Well done Val - glad to hear you're recovering well. (I'm assuming this is the same Val who clogs up the letters page with complaints about music being too loud in shops) All this article is missing is the picture of the tumour itself...! Peace out Colcestrians The REAL Norm
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9:09am Wed 25 Jul 12

common sense or not says...

So pleased it was found in time. I know of another person who had a NHS scan in Colchester and cells in the Uterous were not found that were later found by a private scan. If problems persists keep going back!
So pleased it was found in time. I know of another person who had a NHS scan in Colchester and cells in the Uterous were not found that were later found by a private scan. If problems persists keep going back! common sense or not
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