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Phelan good Vicky Phelan could be home for Christmas as she prepares for new cancer treatment

"Please God, if I got 20 per cent shrinkage, I'd be a happy girl going home in November"


Vicky gives an update to her social media followers

Vicky gives an update to her social media followers

Vicky gives an update to her social media followers

Vicky Phelan has revealed that she is starting new cancer treatment in the United States that means she could be home for Christmas. 

On Wednesday the CervicalCheck campaigner shared her plans for the next steps of her treatment.

The brave mum explained that she had spent some time weighing up the options that had been presented to her.

"In my last update, I said that I was looking into other options, so for the last two weeks I've been doing a lot of research, I've had a couple of consultations, there's been a lot of over and back with hospitals trying to get access to records and imaging scans and things like that so you know it's been a lot of the boring stuff really,” she wrote on Instagram.

Now she has found out that she is eligible for a form of radiation called proton beam therapy and has decided to go for it.

And as the process only takes five weeks it means Vicky can come home to her family in November.

"It's a form of radiation with very, very targeted radiation with a machine called a proton beam,” she explained.


CervicalCheck campaigner Vicky Phelan

CervicalCheck campaigner Vicky Phelan

CervicalCheck campaigner Vicky Phelan

“We do not have access to proton beam therapy in Ireland. Patients in Ireland have to go to the UK or elsewhere in Europe to avail of this treatment. And so, while I am still here in the United States, I wanted to see if I would be eligible to have proton beam therapy."

Vicky said that the proton beam therapy has a possibility of shrinking her tumour mass at the back of her abdomen and circling her aorta, which is causing her a great deal of pain.

"My pain has definitely increased over the last number of months. What happens is the pain builds up and builds up and goes up until, you know, it's unbelievably really bad, and I have to sit down to relieve it.

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“It's a bit of a nuisance now my quality of life is definitely not as good as what it was because, for example, I couldn't go to a concert, stand, or even queue - I find I can't keep up with things anymore."

She wants to target this tumour mass in particular not only to reduce her pain level but because of the location of the mass.

"It's very close to a lot of my vital organs like my kidneys and my liver. I'm really trying to stop it from invading organs to give me more time, basically."

"So, the great news is that they are going to be able to give me some proton beam therapy and they're going to target that particular tumour mass because it's the biggest one I have. But there's no guarantees. It's very risky."

But if she gets at least 20 per cent shrinkage in the tumour mass that would mean at least six months treatment-free.

"That's the best birthday or Christmas present I could possibly get. If I could go home at the end of this round of treatment, which only takes about five weeks I'd be home around November. I'd be home for Christmas."

The next steps are CT planning scans, followed by five weeks of therapy, Monday to Friday and if it all goes to plan, she will be home in November.

"Please God, if I got 20 per cent shrinkage, I'd be a happy girl going home in November," she added.

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