Paramedic, 32, who became famous on Ambulance Australia has a tumor that looks like a & # 39; third boob & # 39; removed from her breast – but says she is now fighting for her life again after the deadly cancer has returned
- A paramedic has revealed that she is fighting her own fight after her cancer has returned
- Elizabeth Branagan was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin's lymphoma early this year
- She had chest pain – a symptom that she thought looked like a heart attack
- But scans eventually found a huge tumor between her breasts
- Despite successfully removing the lump, she is now fighting the second cancer attack
Sydney paramedic Elizabeth Branagan was tragically diagnosed with non-Hodgkin's lymphoma earlier this year
A paramedic who devotes her life to helping strangers has talked about how she faces her own struggle for survival after her cancer returns.
Elizabeth Branagan – who is the star in Channel 10 & # 39; s reality TV program Ambulance Australia – was tragically diagnosed with non-Hodgkin's lymphoma earlier this year after experiencing chest pain – a symptom she thought it was looked like a heart attack.
But scans eventually found a large tumor between her breasts, nicknamed her & # 39; third boob & # 39; to relieve the shock diagnosis.
Despite successfully removing the lump after six debilitating rounds of chemotherapy, the 32-year-old woman in Sydney said The Sunday Telegraph she is now fighting her second attack on cancer after the disease was discovered in her spleen and right armpit.
32-year-old paramedic in Sydney said she is now fighting her second cancer attack after the disease was discovered in her spleen and right armpit (pictured with a blonde wig after losing her hair after six debilitating chemotherapy rounds)
The paramedic in Sydney (left) who dedicates her life to helping patients, has talked about how she faces her own struggle for survival after her cancer returns
What is non-Hodgkin's lymphoma?
Non-Hodgkin's lymphoma is a type of lymphoma, a cancer that starts in the lymphatic system. The lymphatic system is an important part of the immune system and includes the various lymph nodes around the body. It usually occurs in a lymph node, but it can also occur in the liver, spleen, stomach or bones.
Symptoms include: painless swelling of a lymph node, unexplained fever, excessive sweating, especially & night, loss of appetite, unexplained weight loss, fatigue and itchy skin.
Source: Cancer Council
During her chemotherapy, Branagan, known to her family and friends as Biffie, said she ended up in hospital twice after being hit by sepsis – a life-threatening blood infection caused by bacteria.
& # 39; It was really bad, it was terrible. I had been expecting since I was young and relatively healthy that I would recover after every lap, but I ended up in hospital with sepsis twice and needed blood transfusions, it was absolutely miserable, & she said..
She said she was unaware of the tumor growing in her when she was filming the second series of the show until she suffered unbearable pain in her chest.
& # 39; You are not human, you have no time to recover for the next game … you are overwhelmed by poison in your body, mouth sores, nausea and vomiting and tiredness and race hearts and dizziness, & # 39; she said.
Ms. Branagan, known to her family and friends as Biffie, said she is determined to fight cancer a second time – because she continues to work as a paramedic
Mrs. Branagan returned to work last Wednesday after taking time off to recover after treatment. But on Friday she was again destroyed after a scan discovered that the cancer had returned
She admitted that she even wanted to stop getting the painful treatment – but she managed to continue after getting her last round of chemotherapy.
& # 39; I almost wanted to stop after five rounds, I didn't want to do the sixth rounds and I cried for an hour in my doctor's office and he convinced me to do the final round, & # 39; she said.
Mrs. Branagan – who now wears a blonde wig after losing her hair during chemotherapy – returned to work last Wednesday after her free time to recover after treatment.
But on Friday she was again destroyed after a scan discovered that the cancer had returned.
However, she said she is determined to fight cancer the second time – because she continues to work as a paramedic.
She said she hopes to participate in the Car-T cell immunotherapy study – a treatment with the patient's own T cells – a type of immunity cell – and bio-engineering to specifically attack cancer cells.
In October last year, co-host of The Project, Lisa Wilkinson went to Instagram to praise Biffie and her colleague Gina for their heroic work as a paramedic.
& # 39; Meet Biffie and Gina, just two of Ambulance Australia's paramedics, & # 39; she said.
& # 39; These people are true angels, and the work they do every day with so much compassion and good humor is downright heroic. & # 39;
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