Woman's shock as seven tumours found

A 39-YEAR-OLD woman who underwent an operation to remove two tumours on her liver told of her doctors' shock when they opened her up and found seven.Glynis Symonds, of Bury St Edmunds, started feeling increasingly unwell last Christmas and was diagnosed with bowel cancer in January this year.

A 39-YEAR-OLD woman who underwent an operation to remove two tumours on her liver told of her doctors' shock when they opened her up and found seven.

Glynis Symonds, of Bury St Edmunds, started feeling increasingly unwell last Christmas and was diagnosed with bowel cancer in January this year.

She underwent an operation to remove part of her bowel and an ovary in January and then a course of chemotherapy before a second operation in August where the doctors found the seven tumours.

The discovery meant the operation could not go ahead and Mrs Symonds, an export administrator for a Thetford firm, now faces a further course of chemotherapy and numerous additional operations.

Mrs Symonds, who is a stepmother to 21-year-old Chloe and 19-year-old Joe, said: “It went right over my head. When I was told, I thought she was talking about somebody else. I thought I was too young to have bowel cancer, I thought it was an old man's disease.

“It did not sink in at first. I don't think it really sank in until my first appointment for chemotherapy.”

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Mrs Symonds said her family - especially her husband Carl - had given her invaluable support and said she was determined to remain as upbeat as possible, highlighting the support given to her by staff at West Suffolk Hospital.

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