Cheshire news Mum who died as covid halted cancer treatment 'a victim of pandemic', dad says PremierLeague-News.Com

PremierLeague-News.Com - Stand Up To Cancer co-founded by Craig Russell after death of daughter Kelly Smith

Cheshire news Mum who died as covid halted cancer treatment 'a victim of pandemic', dad says PremierLeague-News.Com

PremierLeague-News.Com - Stand Up To Cancer co-founded by Craig Russell after death of daughter Kelly Smith

Cheshire news  Mum who died as covid halted cancer treatment 'a victim of pandemic', dad says PremierLeague-News.Com
22 February 2021 - 14:00

PremierLeague-News.Com - Breaking Sport Transfer News ! A Cheshire mum who missed out on cancer treatment due to the coronavirus pandemic died aged just 31 , leaving behind a six-year-old son. Kelly Smith, died of stage four bowel cancer in June last year after delays in treatment due to the coronavirus pandemic. The mum-of-one, who worked as a beautician, was first diagnosed in 2017, but her fourth round of chemotherapy was halted when the pandemic hit. Twelve weeks after her chemotherapy stopped, Kelly, from Macclesfield, passed away. Craig Russell, Kelly's father, has now co-founded the Catch Up With Cancer campaign that calls for the Government and NHS to boost cancer treatments to tackle treatment delays caused by COVID-19. Craig said: "Kelly was first diagnosed with bowel cancer in April 2017. "As if the story wasn't bad enough, she'd also been going to the doctors for seven months presenting symptoms of bowel cancer and was told it was basically everything apart from cancer. "By the time it was diagnosed, it was already stage four, so at that point there was never going to be a cure for it. "That's one of the endemic problems for younger people now is you can't possibly have cancer, which is obviously completely untrue. Craig said that it was during Kelly's fourth round of chemotherapy that the treatment stopped. He said: "She was finally diagnosed, she had two lots of surgery, three lots of chemotherapy, she'd had radiotherapy, she had been on drug trials as well. "She was on her fourth round of chemotherapy, which started in January last year, and she was about half way through that cycle. "Everything was progressing ok, they knew there was no cure, but the chemotherapy was keeping her alive, purely on the basis it was keeping the cancer back. "In March, she went to the hospital as usual for chemotherapy. "At that point she was told you need to go on a 12 week break to self-isolate to make sure you don't catch COVID-19 and 'you'll be fine, don't worry about the chemotherapy.' "And literally 12 weeks to the day after being told that she died. "And things sort of did escalate fairly rapidly in that time. So this was sort of late March when she was told that. "She had some small treatments through April and by the 4th May she was told she had 2-4 weeks to live. "At the time when she was told that she was going on a 12 week break, she was extremely upset because, as she was quite rightly assuming, the chemotherapy was keeping her alive. "Obviously once that was stopped there was nothing to keep the cancer in check and it just spread very rapidly throughout her body." Craig said that the decision to send Kelly home seemed 'counter-intuitive.' He added: "Anybody who's on chemotherapy, they're going to have suppressed immune systems which means that if you catch anything, it's always potentially more dangerous than somebody who has a healthy immune system. "So if she caught a cold or caught the flu or got an infection or something, it would be far more serious for her. "But the point is that had been something she had been living with for three years and we'd managed. "So the point of sending her home so she might not catch something that may kill her seems counter-intuitive bearing in mind that the treatment she was getting was keeping her from dying." Craig added that Kelly didn't feel as though she was as 'critical' a patient as someone who might have had Covid. "She felt that, I'm not saying that people had given up on her, but it felt like as somebody who was suffering from cancer, she wasn't as a critical patient as somebody who might have Covid, to the extent that we then explored other avenues. "Unfortunately, by the time we managed to speak to people, it was already too late. Try the CheshireLive newsletter now The CheshireLive newsletter is the easiest way to get straight to the best stories of the day. You can try the CheshireLive newsletter here, by clicking this link. If you like what you see, you can sign up in seconds and it will be delivered straight to your email inbox every day. To sign up, visit this link. There are no forms to fill in, no questionnaires, just pop in your email address and you'll be all set to receive the CheshireLive newsletter from today. Know someone else who might be interested in signing up? Why not share this link with them, and they too can make sure they never miss out on the best of Cheshire news. "We even went to a very eminent oncologist on Harley Street and paid for a consultation with him. "From his point of view, if we got to him a little bit earlier, then he could've probably helped. "But by this time, it was the middle of May, and by the time we'd actually spoken to him, the 2-4 weeks had already passed, and she was still, really in many respects, in fairly good health, as ironic as it might sound.

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. "I mean, he couldn't have cured it, but it was a question of if we could've got to him a bit sooner, then she may have had longer. "When you're 31-years-old and you've got a 6-year-old son, every day you can get is massively important." Following the prognosis, Kelly and her son moved in with Craig and Mandy. He said: "Kelly moved in with us and her son so we could just basically do the best we could for them, make what time she had back as good as it could be. "But of course under the restrictions of lockdown, family and friends weren't meant to come around and see her. "She knew she didn't have long, so not being able to do that was soul destroying for her. "Even when she died, she went into a hospice less than 24-hours before she died and when the end came, only my wife was allowed to go. "The rules were that only one person was to visit at a time. "It really was the perfect storm. Even down to the funeral, we were only allowed 16 people. "I know all the rules are there for good reasons, but yeah, we thought that from that point onward, I'm not saying it could've been avoided, but it could've been significantly delayed, it just makes you sit there trying to make sense of something that makes no sense." Craig added that the pandemic was the 'perfect storm' and described those dying from other illnesses and diseases during this time as 'collateral damage.' Craig said: "People go about on a daily basis about the number of people who've died of coronavirus. "To me, there are also a lot of other people out there who are dying of coronavirus who have never even caught it. "They are what I would describe as collateral damage. "And they're not all cancer patients. It can be people with all different diseases and illnesses that aren't getting the treatment they need. "So they're dying from covid just as much as somebody in hospital and you know the whole lockdown was really a perfect storm." The motivation for the Catch Up With Cancer campaign was to help other people. Craig said: "One thing was that Kelly was quite active on Instagram and had quite a few followers. "It was to a degree to our shame that we didn't realise until after she'd died how much she'd been helping other people with cancer. "Whether it been encouraging people who had symptoms to see their GP to getting tested and down to practical things. "She'd helped and encouraged other people so much, so we thought the only thing we could really do as a legacy for her is to try and help other people. "At that time, it was 'we're not really sure how to do this,' but through a friend of Kelly's and a producer of the Panorama that Kelly was on, they got in touch with me and had a general chat and said this is an intolerable situation based on the fact that research had just come out about 2-3 weeks after Kelly died that more people could lose their lives. We thought it makes sense to do something about this. "There's another charity called Action Radiotherapy who were interested as well, so we decided to all join forces and launched the campaign on the 10th or 11th July." Craig said the aim of the campaign is to give the NHS the tools to help people with cancer. "The whole thing is called Catch Up With Cancer because that's what we need to do. "Basically, the NHS has been running below capacity for a year now on cancer services. "Naturally there is a backlog building up all the time and it's not getting any smaller. "We've seen Matt Hancock standing up in the Houses of Parliament saying what a fantastic job we're doing that cancer services are back up to 90 per cent. "Basic maths is you've still got more and more people not being seen because you're not at full capacity. "We're not going to point a finger at the NHS. My wife works for the NHS and they've done a fantastic job under difficult circumstances. "But I firmly believe the NHS, the doctors and nurses there, want to help cancer patients just like they do everybody else, but they need the tools to do it. "So what we're actually asking the government is to effectively boost cancer services, increase the workforce who support cancer, give them better technology, so they don't have to necessarily work harder, they can work a bit smarter. "Also invest in things like new radiotherapy and diagnostic machines, new chemotherapy suites and that sort of thing so we can get patients treated a lot quicker." Top Stories from the CheshireLive newsletter Boris Johnson's lockdown announcement - what he looks set to say Lockdown: four things that need to happen before restrictions are lifted Cheshire pub couple's plea to Boris ahead of potential lockdown lift BrewDog is coming to Chester, firm's boss says Co-op store to be demolished for supported living home

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