Sunday 22 July 2018

New drug has caused my tumours to shrink, says Vicky

Vicky Phelan has seen and felt a big improvement after just three doses of the drug. Photo: Steve Humphreys
Vicky Phelan has seen and felt a big improvement after just three doses of the drug. Photo: Steve Humphreys

Sean Nolan

Doctors for Vicky Phelan have told her that there is "significant shrinkage" in her tumours and she has also said that she is "no longer in pain".

Ms Phelan (43) brought the CervicalCheck scandal to light when she sued the HSE and Clinical Pathology Laboratories Inc after receiving incorrect test results.

The mother of two is fighting terminal cancer but has been taking a drug called Pembrolizumab since April after the HSE agreed to cover the costs.

The drug, which she gets every three weeks, costs more than €8,000 for every dose.

However, after only three doses there has been shrinkage and Ms Phelan said her doctor told her: "You don't realise how big this is for cancer and for cancer patients."

Ms Phelan said that she had a CT scan earlier this week and heard from her oncologist David Fennelly.

"My doctor said this is absolutely fantastic news, you won't believe it... There is significant shrinkage in your tumours," she said.

"There was mascara running down faces, the make-up being touched up, but it was worth it," she said.

Ms Phelan added: "[The bloating in] my stomach has gone down... I'm not in pain anymore."

She was speaking on RTÉ Radio 1's 'Ray D'Arcy Show' yesterday afternoon as she revealed the updates on her health.

Irish Independent

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