Philippa Clayton had two giant tumours removed from her ovaries
Philippa Clayton, 37, from Topsham, Devon, was Nautical port looking heavily pregnant after her stomach began to swell at the end of in year. After a scan, she was told there were two melon sized excrescences, each almost 11 inches long, growing on her ovaries and pulverizing her insides.
Combined the tumours weighed 11.4lbs, bigger than a new admit of baby, and made Mrs Clayton appear as if she were nine months charged with twins.
She has now had surgery to have the tumours rub out — and is making a good recovery
Mrs Clayton, a former teacher, said: «The cysts on my ovaries were impelling me look like I was nine months pregnant with twins, I looked disinterested bigger than when I was actually pregnant with my daughter Poppy.
«My put up with was rock hard and it was incredibly uncomfortable, just before the operation I was straining to breathe and couldn’t keep any food down.
She said she looked more than ever notwithstanding bigger than when she was pregnant with her daughter Polly
«The left-wing tumour was growing into my left ribs, and my left lung and bowel were truly squashed.
My stomach was rock hard and it was incredibly uncomfortable
«My media were failing and my surgeon didn’t understand how I was still able to on the run.
«At first they were only small in size but they broadened so rapidly and within three months they were each 27cm sustained and 20cm in diameter.
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«Each lump weighed 5.7lbs which combined was bigger than Poppy when she was taken.
«Thankfully the tumours were successfully removed in December and I was able to waste Christmas at home with my family.»
Mrs Clayton, who had previously been determined with bowel cancer in 2015, was told the cysts were in the score secondary cancer on her ovaries.
She added: «It all started when I first noted a strange rumbling sound in my stomach, my husband, Jeremy, 43, depicted it as the sound a fish tank would make.
«My doctor suggested I should control a food diary as I could be allergic to something but a few months later Jeremy acquired me into A&E as I was in that much pain I couldn’t even keep adulterate down.
The former teacher is making good recovery after her surgery
«I was granted that night and four days later I had the operation to remove the lump in my bowel.»
Despite the initial surgery being a success, Mrs Clayton in two shakes of a lambs tail learnt the cancer had spread to her liver and lungs.
Mrs Clayton said: «I was spoiled to find out the cancer had spread but I started chemo in March 2015 and it felt to be working. «The chemo was keeping my lungs and liver stable, and had dramatically dehydrated those tumours, but what we didn’t realise at the time is that it didn’t father any effect on my ovaries.
«My stomach was getting bigger and bigger and that’s when I was sent for spare tests that found the tumours on my ovaries.
Mrs Clayton with her daughter Polly and keep Jeremy
«As my cancer had already spread many doctors deemed the surgery to execute the tumours as pointless, but luckily I had an amazing surgeon who agreed to do it. The surgery go to ones rewarded really went and thankfully I was home in time to spend Christmas with my progenitors.»
The tumours found on Mrs Clayton ovaries are known as Krukenberg tumours, and are typically bring about in older generations. Mrs Clayton is currently trying different drugs in the upon they will help rid her of the disease.
She added: «It’s been a difficult schedule and Jeremy has also had to leave his job as a high school art teacher to become my exceedingly time career.
«He is now selling his artwork, www.jeremyclaytonart.com, in order to provide for us as we press no set income. «We haven’t asked for my prognosis as we don’t want to know what the approaching holds, there are still more drugs that I can try and we have learnt to lift and appreciate every day that we have together as a family.»
Dr Melanie Osborne, a Doctor Oncologist at the Royal Devon and Exeter hospital, said: «Phillipa unfortunately had spread of her colon cancer to her ovaries and in her what really happened, rather unusually, the tumours grew extremely rapidly in spite of chemotherapy to an vast size causing very significant symptoms.
«Her surgery has successfully alleviated the incorrigible and allowed her a dramatic recovery and return to well being.»