A mom with terminal cancer has started a revolutionary new treatment in an attempt to prolong her life.
And Beth Walsh urged those with concerns to get checked out as she welcomed new figures revealing the survival rate of early diagnosis is on the rise.
We previously reported that Ms Walsh, from Bath Road, needed three to four cycles of chemosaturation, also known as Delcath, to prolong her life, costing £40,000 per treatment.
Her family helped fund the first round of treatment she had on March 29.
“I wasn’t in bed the same day, which I didn’t expect at all,” Ms Walsh said.
“The treatment will not have worked so quickly.
“I will have another round of treatment in four weeks and they will do another scan and compare it with the last one.
“They’re trying to get it free on the NHS, you have to pay at the moment.
“We are borrowing money and the support I’ve had from Worcester has been amazing.
The 49-year-old’s life was turned upside down after she was initially diagnosed with ‘hepatic-dominant metastatic ocular melanoma’ in 2020.
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It is secondary liver cancer resulting from a very rare form of primary eye cancer called ocular melanoma which led Ms Walsh to have her eye removed.
New NHS figures show that 74.3% of people living in the NHS Herefordshire and Worcestershire CCG area survived the first year after their cancer diagnosis in 2019, the latest figure available.
Figures do not include patients with prostate cancers and non-melanoma skin cancers.
The 74.3% figure was up from 73.7% in 2018 and, by comparison, 66.1% survived the first year in 2004 when recordings began.
Ms. Walsh said that was encouraging news.
“I had no symptoms, I just had an eye exam because my eye was starting to deteriorate,” Ms Walsh said.
“The opticians reported it, and it went from there.
“I always say when you go for a test, check the health of the eyes, get the dilation, which means they look around the eye properly.
“And if people have concerns, they should be looked into.
“I was given 18 months to live in June 2020 – I guess it shows.”
Meanwhile, Beth’s Army, the friends of the initiative set up to support its fundraising, is going from strength to strength after raising just under £3,000 at a fundraising nightclub held at Marr’s Bar, Pierpoint Street earlier this month.
“Raising that money was amazing,” Ms. Walsh said.
Friends have also previously taken part in various fundraising challenges to raise money, including a 100 mile walk and triathlons, while friend Elaine O’Connor is currently in the midst of a 20 squats a day challenge .
And more fundraisers are planned, Ms. Walsh added.
To learn more about the fundraising effort, visit Beth’s Army – Life-Saving Cancer Treatment Fundraiser on Facebook.
To donate for the treatment, visit gofundme.com/f/gofundmecomfBeths-Army.