‘Popular’ student teacher, 21, died of rare cancer after being told ‘it’s nothing to worry about’.

A STUDENT teacher tragically died of a rare cancer after being told a lump on her shoulder was “nothing to worry about”.

Jenna Patel, 21, of Bolton, died on May 13 less than a year after being diagnosed with Ewing’s sarcoma in July last year.

Jenna Patel, 21, of Bolton, died May 13


Jenna Patel, 21, of Bolton, died May 13Photo credit: MEN Media
She was diagnosed with Ewing's sarcoma in July last year


She was diagnosed with Ewing’s sarcoma in July last yearPhoto credit: MEN Media

She became concerned after discovering the knot while doing an internship at an elementary school.

When she first went to see a doctor, she was reportedly told it was “nothing to worry about.”

But after the lump began to grow, she was diagnosed with a rare cancer that can cause tumors to grow in the bones or surrounding soft tissue.

After her diagnosis, Jenna received chemotherapy and entered a clinical trial.

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But the treatment eventually stopped working and the cancer spread to her lungs.

Just two weeks before her death, doctors told Jenna there was nothing more they could do.

Her younger brother Liam, 17, paid tribute to Jenna, describing her as “bubbly” and saying she’s “always smiling”.

He told the Manchester Evening News: “Jenna always made sure everyone else was okay, before her.

“There wasn’t a time of day that she wasn’t smiling. We were very close and did everything together.”

Liam said his sister dreamed of becoming a teacher when she was eight years old.

And after graduating from Turton High School, Jenna went to Edge Hill University to study for a teaching degree.

But in her sophomore year, she noticed a lump on her shoulder.

Liam said: “She came home one day and called me over.

“She said I have a small lump on my shoulder and I told her it doesn’t look too bad but to get it checked out.

“She went to the doctor and they said, ‘It’s nothing to worry about, we think it’s a cyst’.

“It kept growing, so she went back. After a few more tests we found out it was something worse.”

She just wanted to make sure everyone around her was happy

liamJenna’s brother

Jenna was diagnosed with cancer in July last year — just months after her father went into remission after a battle with brain cancer.

Liam said Jenna maintained a positive attitude despite her loved ones fearing the worst.

He said: “She just wanted to go ahead and fix it.

“That was just Jenna. She just wanted to make sure everyone around her is happy.”

Jenna’s family set up a GoFundMe page to raise funds for Ewings Sarcoma Research Trust, which supports families and funds research into the disease.

Almost £6,000 has been donated so far – more than six times the original target.

Liam said: “It’s nice to see how many people care about her.

“She had so many great friends and they all helped with the fundraiser.

“It was hard, but it’s nice to be able to talk about all the memories we have of Jenna.”

Jenna’s funeral will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday at Overdale Crematorium, West Chapel, Overdale Drive. ‘Popular’ student teacher, 21, died of rare cancer after being told ‘it’s nothing to worry about’.

Sarah Y. Kim

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