A student who was diagnosed with stage four at the age of 14 is now studying for a Masters degree at Oxford University.
Amelia Brown, now 22, thought she was just doing too much exercise when she got tired and suddenly lost weight in October 2010.
The student, from Lincolnshire, was only delivered when she & # 39; nodules the size of a tennis ball in her neck & # 39; developed, which her doctor rejected as swollen lymph nodes in the cold season.
Missing that something was wrong, Miss Brown returned to her doctor in early 2011 and was referred for a scan. She was diagnosed with stage four Hodgkin's lymphoma on April 15.
After six months of chemotherapy and two weeks of radiotherapy, she was told that the disease completely disappeared on November 23, & # 39; used to be.
Eight years later, Miss Brown is about to start a Masters in Victorian literature and is even considering to do a PhD research someday.
Amelia Brown (photo left, recently) was diagnosed with blood cancer at the age of 14. Now that she has conquered the disease, she is now studying for a Masters degree at Oxford University. She is pictured at her graduation from the University of St. Andrews with her friend Josh
About the moment her symptoms started, Miss Brown said: & I was broken. I just felt tired all the time, but I worked hard at school and did a lot of clubs.
& # 39; And it was winter, so I assumed I was just empty. & # 39;
Miss Brown & # 39; s weight also dropped, with the 5ft 6inch student weighing only 8pcs 7lb (54kg) by the time she was diagnosed.
& # 39; I was a big fan of hockey and soccer, so nobody noticed, & # 39; she said.
Miss Brown also developed & # 39; incredibly itchy hands and feet & # 39 ;, a common symptom of Hodgkin's lymphoma.
& # 39; I stopped wearing slippers because I thought maybe I was just sensitive to heat, & # 39; she said.
& # 39; I have very sensitive skin anyway and have had eczema before, so I just continued with it. & # 39;
The alarm bell didn't even go off when the student got a & # 39; pea-shaped lump & # 39; developed at the end of her collarbone.
& # 39; I thought it was just a bone fragment, & # 39; she said. & # 39; I was quite to blame. & # 39;
Miss Brown was only concerned when they saw visible bulges along her neck. & # 39; I developed huge nodules the size of a tennis ball & # 39 ;, she said.
The student went to her doctor, who told her it was probably just a cold. When her symptoms did not disappear during Christmas, Miss Brown returned to her doctor, who suspected she had a glandular fever.
On the third visit, Miss Brown was referred to the Peterborough City Hospital. She first had a blood test to determine if glandular fever was due, which was quickly ruled out.
The student was finally diagnosed after a scan and biopsy revealed that it was cancer that had spread to her lung, neck and chest.
Speaking of the diagnosis, Miss Brown said: & It was shocking. I didn't feel much about it. I just closed it. & # 39;
Miss Brown first began to feel tired and lose weight in October 2010. After several trips to her doctor, she was referred for a scan in early 2011. She is shown only a few days before her diagnosis on 15 April. The bandage of a biopsy is visible to the left of her neck
Miss Brown graduated with an award in English literature. She is pictured on the left at the ceremony with her parents and on the right with her boyfriend after a 5K run for leukemia and lymphoma screening in 2014. She admits she found it difficult, with her body still weak
Miss Brown (photo third from the left in the back row) thought she was just exaggerating sports when she got tired and suddenly lost weight like a teenager
Miss Brown started treatment almost immediately at Addenbrooke & # 39; s Hospital in Cambridge.
The intense chemotherapy caused the teenager to lose her hair. She also received steroids, making her & # 39; tons heavier & # 39 ;.
& # 39; I was 14 and struggling with self-image, & # 39; she said. & # 39; I had such a & # 39; n drastic change in my appearance. & # 39;
Miss Brown, who has always been an academic, has the & # 39; luck & # 39; that her chemo took place in the summer and she could go back to school in September.
However, her weakened immune system meant that she was a & very bad case of shingles & # 39; and had to stay home for a month.
& # 39; I have always loved school, & # 39; said Miss Brown. & # 39; My classmates gave me their notes and I just copied them. & # 39;
Miss Brown was told she was in remission in November 2011. For the first year, she underwent tests every three months at Addenbrooke to ensure that the disease had not returned.
These tests then went to six months for the next two years and five years annually. & # 39; I have not been back for three years, & # 39; said Miss Brown.
Miss Brown has been with Josh for seven years (pictured together on her 21st birthday)
Miss Brown lost her hair while in chemo. She is depicted with a wig in February 2012. The student did not let anyone take a picture of her while she was fighting her illness
Miss Brown (in the photo with her boyfriend) was warned that chemo could affect her fertility. She got the chance to freeze her eggs, but didn't want something else to worry about & # 39;
Despite all that she has experienced, the student manages to stay positive and & # 39; does not live out of fear that her cancer will return & # 39 ;.
She was warned when chemotherapy could affect her fertility and allow her to fall into an early menopause.
Miss Brown, who has been with her friend Josh for seven years, said: & I had the opportunity to freeze my eggs at the age of 14, but I didn't want anyone else to worry me.
& # 39; Early menopause can happen, but I don't think about it now. & # 39;
With an eye to the future, Miss Brown would like to continue to study the subject she loves.
& # 39; I am considering pursuing academics once I have completed my master's degree, & # 39; she said. & # 39; I hope to specialize in Victorian literature and psychiatry and maybe do a DPhil in Oxford (what Oxford calls a PhD).
& # 39; I just know that I want to be stimulated in a fast industry & # 39 ;.
Miss Brown, who works with the Bloodwise charity, speaks out to encourage parents to be aware of childhood cancer.
& # 39; If we had known the symptoms, we might have noticed it earlier & # 39 ;, she said. & # 39; Do not hesitate to learn about cancer if you are not affected by it. & # 39;
WHAT IS LYMPHOMA?
Lymphoma is a cancer of the lymph nodes, the network for disease control of the body.
This network consists of the spleen, the bone marrow, the lymph nodes and the thymus.
There are different types of lymphoma, but two important ones: non-Hodgkin & # 39; s and Hodgkin & # 39; s.
Both have much better prognoses than many types of cancer.
WHAT IS HODGKIN & # 39; S LYMPHOMA?
Hodgkin's lymphoma is a cancer that starts in the white blood cells. It is named after Thomas Hodgkin, an English doctor who first identified the disease in 1832.
It affects around 1,950 people a year in the UK and 8,500 a year in the US.
Hodgkin lymphoma is most common between the ages of 20 and 24 and 75 and 79.
Five-year survival rates:
The chances of survival are much more favorable than most other forms of cancer.
- Phase 1: 90%
- Phase 2: 90%
- Phase 3: 80%
- Phase 4: 65%
- a painless swelling in the armpits, neck and groin
- heavy night sweats
- extreme weight loss
- shortness of breath
- reduced immunity
- a family history of the condition
- the overweight ones
- stem cell or bone marrow transplants
WHAT IS NON-HODKIN & # 39; S LYMPHOMA?
Non-Hodgkin's lymphoma can occur anywhere in the body, but is usually first detected in the lymph nodes around the patient's neck.
Non-Hodgkin's lymphoma affects around 13,700 new people in the UK every year. In the US, more than 74,600 people are diagnosed each year.
It is more common in men than in women, and it is often diagnosed in the early 20s of a patient or after the age of 55.
Five-year survival rates:
Survival can vary greatly with NHL.
The overall survival rate for five years is 70 percent and the chance of living for 10 years is around 60 percent.
- Painless swellings in the neck, armpit or groin
- Heavy night sweats
- Inexplicable weight loss of more than one tenth of a person's body
- more than 75
- have a weak immune system
- suffer from celiac disease
- have a family history of the condition
- other types of cancer
It depends on the number and locations of the body that is affected by non-Hodgkin's lymphoma.
Therapy usually includes chemotherapy.
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