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Beautician, 28, reveals NHS doctors ruled out telltale lump on her neck as being caused by a cold

A woman claimed she was diagnosed with cancer just a month after a doctor ruled out a lump in her neck was due to a cold.

Paris Wells, 28, noticed the unusual lump in March and went to have it checked out right away.

The beautician called her GP but was allegedly told she could only get a phone consultation within five days.

Instead, he went to an outsourced urgent care center at Princess Royal University Hospital in Orpington, Kent, the next day.

Doctors said the lump “didn’t feel cancerous,” he says.

Ms Wells said the doctor told her it was caused by a cold she had the week before and sent her on her way.

But the lump got bigger and harder over the next few weeks.

Ms Wells then claims that she asked her aunt, a radiologist at the same hospital, if she could help arrange for CT and MRI scans to double check in April.

The results confirmed that it was caused by stage two Hodgkin’s lymphoma, a rare cancer that develops in the lymphatic system and spreads throughout the body.

Paris Wells, 28, from London, was diagnosed with cancer just a month after a doctor told her a lump in her throat was due to a cold, she says.

In the picture: the lump in the neck of Paris

Paris Wells, 28, from London, was diagnosed with cancer just a month after a doctor told her a lump in her throat (pictured right) was caused by a cold, she says.

Ms Wells said doctors in March told her the lump was caused by a cold she had the week before.  But CT scan results in April confirmed it was caused by stage two Hodgkin's lymphoma, a rare cancer that develops in the lymphatic system and spreads throughout the body.

Ms Wells said doctors in March told her the lump was caused by a cold she had the week before. But CT scan results in April confirmed it was caused by stage two Hodgkin’s lymphoma, a rare cancer that develops in the lymphatic system and spreads throughout the body.

Around 2,100 people are diagnosed with the disease in the UK and 8,500 in the US each year.

Three quarters of people with the disease survive at least 10 years.

Ms Wells will begin chemotherapy in the coming months after her eggs were frozen for fertility treatment in May.

She said: “As soon as I noticed the lump the next day I went to [urgent care] to get a checkup because I called my doctors and they could only offer me a phone appointment in five days.’

The cold meant she couldn’t go to her doctor’s office, with restrictions for people with Covid symptoms still in place.

Mrs Wells said: ‘The A&E doctor said because I had a cold the week before it was because of that. He also said that he doesn’t feel cancerous and sent me away.

Common colds can cause the lymph nodes in the neck to swell as the body fights off infection, causing a lumpy appearance.

Since her diagnosis, Ms. Wells has been raising funds for cancer charities.  Pictured: The lump on Mrs Wells's neck

Since her diagnosis, Ms. Wells has been raising funds for cancer charities. Pictured: The lump on Mrs Wells’s neck

Ms Wells will begin chemotherapy in the coming months after her eggs were frozen for fertility treatment in May.

Pictured: Mrs. Wells after undergoing her MRI and CT scan.

Ms Wells will start chemotherapy in the coming months after her eggs were frozen for fertility treatment in May. Pictured: Mrs. Wells after undergoing her MRI and CT scan.

The glands, which can swell in the neck, armpits and groin, act as a filter for viruses and bacteria, preventing them from reaching other parts of the body.

Speaking about the lump, Ms Wells added: “It got bigger and harder so I had a biopsy done with an MRI and CT scan which confirmed it was cancer.”

‘It’s only because my aunt works in radiology that she got me an ultrasound. I was diagnosed in four weeks thanks to her.

She added: ‘My mum came with me to the hospital appointment to get the biopsy results, they asked me if I knew about Hodgkin’s lymphoma and I said yes and the doctor said those were the results.

“I was crying with my mother, but they said they can treat him with chemotherapy. I chose to freeze my eggs for fertility treatment and completed it in May.’

She went to an outpatient urgent care center at Princess Royal University Hospital in Orpington, Kent, when she first noticed the lump.

She went to an outpatient urgent care center at Princess Royal University Hospital in Orpington, Kent, when she first noticed the lump.

Hodgkin lymphoma can develop at any age, but it mainly affects people between the ages of 20 and 40, as well as people over 75 years of age.

The most common symptom of Hodgkin lymphoma is a painless swelling in a lymph node, usually in the neck, armpit, or groin.

Signs of the disease also include weight loss, night sweats, a persistent cough, and swelling in the neck, armpit, and groin.

Actor Michael C. Hall, the star of Dexter, was treated for cancer in 2010 and went into remission after undergoing chemotherapy.

The disease begins in white blood cells and spreads through the lymphatic system.

It is named after Thomas Hodgkin, an English physician who first identified the disease in 1832.

Greenbrooks Healthcare, which runs the urgent care center at Princess Royal University Hospital that Ms Wells visited, was contacted for comment.

Hodgkin lymphoma: a cancer that attacks the body’s disease-fighting network

Lymphoma is a cancer of the lymph nodes, which is the body’s disease-fighting network.

That network consists of the spleen, bone marrow, lymph nodes, and the thymus gland.

There are several types of lymphoma, but two main ones: non-Hodgkin’s and Hodgkin’s.

Hodgkin lymphoma is a type of cancer that begins in white blood cells. It is named after Thomas Hodgkin, an English physician who first identified the disease in 1832.

It affects around 2,100 people each year in the UK and 8,500 each year in the US.

Hodgkin lymphoma is most common between the ages of 20 and 24 and between the ages of 75 and 79.

Survival rates are much more favorable than most other types of cancer.

Symptoms include:

  • a painless swelling in the armpits, neck, and groin
  • profuse night sweats
  • extreme weight loss
  • Itch
  • difficulty breathing
  • cough

Risk factor’s:

  • reduced immunity
  • family history of the condition
  • smokers
  • those who are overweight

Treatment:

  • chemotherapy
  • radiotherapy
  • steroids
  • stem cell or bone marrow transplants

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