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'heavy heart' Vicky Phelan returns to Ireland for palliative care after three new tumours found

The Kilkenny native had been in Maryland since the beginning of this year, where she was participating in an immunotherapy drug trial.

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Cervical cancer campaigner Vicky Phelan

Cervical cancer campaigner Vicky Phelan

Cervical cancer campaigner Vicky Phelan

Campaigner Vicky Phelan has shared the “bad news” that she can’t continue cancer treatment in the US as she has developed new tumours.

The Kilkenny native had been in Maryland since the beginning of this year, where she was participating in an immunotherapy drug trial at the National Institute of Health.

However, the three new tumours that have been discovered in Vicky’s neck and bowel are “far too extensive” to continue treatment in the States and she has been advised to return home for palliative chemotherapy.

Taking to Instagram today, Vicky broke the devastating news to her followers and said: “It's been a couple of weeks since I posted an update. That's because since my last update, I have had some bad news...

“Unfortunately, following a PET scan which my radiation oncologist at Georgetown University Hospital ordered, I have some new tumours.

“I have two new tumours in my neck but the worrying one is a new tumour on my bowel... This means that I am no longer eligible for proton beam therapy since my tumours are far too extensive, i.e. I have too much disease in my body for them to zap!

“And so, the recommendation from the team at Georgetown University Hospital was for me to return home for systemic therapy, ie palliative chemotherapy.

“All of this happened over the space of a few days when decisions had to be made very quickly. With a very heavy heart, I made the decision to return home to Ireland.

“I returned home earlier this week and am taking the time to reconnect with my kids and to absorb this news before I start down the chemotherapy road.”

Vicky added that the “good news” is that the treatment will keep her alive until Christmas but it is also “extremely toxic” and will likely “take a toll” on her body.

She continued: “So, I will be taking a break from social media over the next few weeks. I will only post very sporadically.

“As always, I would like to thank you all so very much for your support, your kindness, your generosity, your prayers and positive messages which continue to lift me and keep me going.

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“THANK YOU ALL,” she added.

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