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Vicky Phelan says she can now 'finally get excited about going home' after US treatment

Vicky Phelan prepares to fly home from the US where she has been undergoing challenging treatment for her cervical cancer
Vicky Phelan

Vicky Phelan

Neil Fetherstonhaugh

Vicky Phelan can “finally get excited about going home” as she prepares to leave the US after undergoing challenging cancer treatment.

Posting a picture of a beautiful sunset on Wednesday Vicky shared an update with her Instagram followers on how her treatment is going this week.

"Today was the first day that I had the energy to go outside for a proper walk down to the river since I came home from hospital last Tuesday.

“And oh my God it felt soooo good to get out and get some fresh air. It also helped that it was a beautiful evening and the humidity was low", the cervical cancer campaigner wrote.

Vicky, who is undergoing a one-year cancer trial in Maryland, had good news to share about her most recent treatment of the immunotherapy drug M784.

"I had my treatment on Friday and spent most of the weekend in bed sleeping and trying to remain horizontal in order to keep the vomiting at bay. It worked!"

She has also booked in to see an acupuncturist who is treating her for Bell's Palsy and nausea and vomiting.

"I am going to go for acupuncture twice a week now until I go home to keep my nausea at bay and to help to improve the symptoms of the Bell's Palsy."

She is now able to allow herself to look forward to a trip home next month, she says. "All that I have left before I board that flight to Dublin is a CT scan to see how my tumours look."

Last week, Vicky told how she was looking forward to “a break from it all” as she prepared to fly home to see her family, after a “very, very low week”.

Kilkenny native Vicky had been experiencing debilitating side effects in recent weeks.

She wrote: "It has been over a week since I last posted an update. There's a very good reason for the delay. I have been very, very sick. I became very ill, very suddenly on Saturday evening and it escalated very quickly into being unable to bring down a raging temperature.

"I spent three nights in hospital until they figured out what infection was causing the spiking temperatures which kept coming. Once again, it is a side effect of the main drug that caused me to be so ill.

"The drug, M7824, can cause inflammation in any part of the body. I developed Bell's Palsy (inflammation of the facial nerves) last week and then this week, the inflammation went to my sinuses which were all extensively inflamed and which led to me getting so sick on Saturday.

She continued: "I am home now recovering and on an antibiotic to treat the sinus infection which is slowly improving. I still have to go back in to hospital tomorrow for my treatment because I was too sick on Tuesday to have it.”

“It has been a very, very low week for me and has made me think long and hard about whether I will continue on this in the long run. I need to start seeing better results soon in order to make all of this hardship worth it,” she admitted.

However, with her focus on returning home in July and seeing her family and friends, Vickt says that her visit is giving her cause for optimism.

"While I dread the thought of having treatment tomorrow, the ONLY thing keeping me going is the knowledge that this is my LAST dose of treatment before I go home next month."

She added that she will not make any further decisions, as she focuses on spending time with her family and friends.

"I am looking forward to a break from it all for a month and to spending time with my kids and my family and friends,” she added. “Big decisions can wait until I come back.”

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