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Vicky Phelan reveals that she is back in the US after receiving 'bad news'

'I spent the first two days this week crying every time I thought of my kids and found it so difficult trying to hold it together'
CervicalCheck campaigner Vicky Phelan

CervicalCheck campaigner Vicky Phelan

Neil Fetherstonhaugh

Vicky Phelan has revealed that she is back in the US after receiving “bad news” in a scan.

The mum-of-two updated her social media followers this morning to say she had returned to the States on Sunday where she has been meeting with her doctors.

The brave Kilkenny woman, who was undergoing a year-long treatment in Maryland, is to begin a new clinical trial in the United States, following her month-long stay at home in Ireland.

She has been receiving drug M784 but recently experienced harsh side effects, including developing Bell's palsy which paralysed the left side of her face.

She said she was “very emotional” as she found it “so much harder coming back this time”.

Writing on social media, she explained why she waited so long to provide an update.

“My sincerest apologies to all my followers for my hiatus from social media but I really needed to take a break from it all for two reasons,” she wrote.

“I wanted to focus on spending my time at home with my kids and my family and friends. I needed to get my head around some bad news following my last scan on July 6.

“My team are not seeing the results that they would like and think it would be best if I come off my current trial and start on a new (but similar) trial which has just started enrolling patients on it this week.

“And so, following a LOT of thinking over the past month I decided after yesterday's meeting and results from my last scan which showed growth in two of my tumours, that I would move to this new clinical trial and give it a shot.

“I need to have a series of scans and tests done next week before I start on this new treatment regime but it will be very similar to the clinical trial I was on with treatment scheduled every two weeks and three drugs being administered.”

Phelan described how difficult it was to leave her children again and admitted that she considered returning to Ireland due to her homesickness.

“I am very emotional at the moment. I did not want to come back! I spent the first two days this week crying every time I thought of my kids and I found it so difficult trying to hold it together when I spoke to them on FaceTime. I almost booked a flight home!

“I am feeling less homesick and less teary today. It was so much harder coming back this time than when I came over in January. I will just take it one day at a time at the moment so please bear with me.”

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