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I was diagnosed with cancer while pregnant

A mother diagnosed with breast cancer at six months has asked health chiefs to provide the NHS with a miracle cure.

Louise Blunt, 34, is desperately hoping the life-extending drug will buy her more quality time with her seven-month-old son.

Louise Blunt, 34, discovered she had breast cancer while pregnant with her son

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Louise Blunt, 34, discovered she had breast cancer while pregnant with her sonCredit: Louise Blunt/DAILY POST WALES
The mum is desperate for the NHS to provide a miracle cure to give her more time with her little one

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The mum is desperate for the NHS to provide a miracle cure to give her more time with her little oneCredit: Louise Blunt/DAILY POST WALES

While she still hopes she’s “one of the lucky ones,” she’s determined to get Trodelvy approved by NICE.

The mum fears her time is up after her cancer spreads – and worries what she will do if she doesn’t have access to the miracle cure.

Research has shown that the new drug can effectively target cancer cells in patients with inoperable, locally advanced or secondary triple-negative breast cancer.

However, it has not yet been approved for use in England and Wales after being provisionally rejected for use with the NHS in April.

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Louise has pinned her last hopes on treatment to halt her illness, although the success rate has not yet been established.

While basking in the happiness of her pregnancy, Louise’s world was rocked when a lump appeared on her breast “overnight”.

She claims her initial concerns were allayed by a radiologist who told her it was the pregnancy hormones.

But as the lump continued to grow, the concerned mother-to-be from Denbigh, Wales, insisted doctors carry out further tests.

She told North Wales Live: “I was told I was at low risk given my age and there was nothing to worry about and was sent home.

“But then I started noticing other changes and it still didn’t work, so I got in touch with them and said I wasn’t happy and wanted to go back in.”

Less than a week later, heartbroken Louise was told a biopsy had confirmed the lump was breast cancer – but this was no ordinary struggle – as she was also carrying her first child.

The 34-year-old explained: “They couldn’t do any of the normal staging scans because I was pregnant, but they also had a lymph node biopsied where they also found cancer.

“It set off alarm bells for them, because it was a sign that the cancer had spread through the body.”

Louise then began grueling chemotherapy while she was six months pregnant.

But despite her turmoil, she praised the “incredible care” she received during her treatment, with medics “monitoring her closely.”

“I never felt like the baby was in any danger,” she said.

I know I have terminal cancer but I still can’t believe this is happening to me. I don’t think we’ve processed what we’re going through.

Louise Stump

Louise and her husband Matt welcomed their miracle baby Iwan Tomos in October last year – but she didn’t have time to relax.

The new mom underwent a second, heavier course of chemotherapy just a week after giving birth to fight the aggressive cancer.

Doctors were pleased with her progress and told Louise she had responded well to treatment and the lump had shrunk.

But a scare came during a CT scan in February this year when traces of cancer were found on Louise’s bones – but this appeared to have been treated by the chemo.

Then, just weeks later, the family was tragically told that the cancer had spread to the 34-year-old’s liver.

She said: “It had spread in a very short time because the scan was clear eight weeks earlier.

“That was the biggest blow because they knew my cancer was aggressive but we all hoped it would sleep for a while.

“They hoped the chemotherapy had treated it, they didn’t expect it to come back so badly and so quickly.

MOTHER ON A MISSION

“I know I have terminal cancer, but I still can’t believe this is happening to me. I don’t think we’ve processed what we’re going through because it’s still ongoing.”

Louise bravely continues to “get on with normal life” and enjoys every second with her family – but the dark cloud of her diagnosis remains over her head.

Her latest test results mean Louise’s chemotherapy will continue indefinitely, but she has been warned that eventually this treatment will stop working.

The 34-year-old is now on a mission to get the life-prolonging drug Trodelvy approved for routine use in the NHS.

She said: “I’m sure at some point I will need access to Trodelvy to give me extra time with my baby, which is why it is so important that NICE approves this treatment for use in the NHS.

“For some women it works incredibly and gives them better results than existing drugs.

“That’s what I’ve been told, I have to keep going if the chemotherapy fails, so I don’t know what I would do if I didn’t have access to it.

“I’m in the same position as me on so many forums with women and we just remain in limbo because you don’t know what’s coming next.

“Hearing about a new drug that might buy you more time, but then finding out it might not be available just seems so unfair.”

NICE is expected to announce its final decision on approving Trodelvy for routine use with the NHS by the end of June.

Louise fears that once her chemotherapy wears off, she will have no choice

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Louise fears that once her chemotherapy wears off, she will have no choiceCredit: Louise Blunt/DAILY POST WALES

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