Dagenham cancer mum not giving up despite setback

PUBLISHED: 08:30 27 May 2013 | UPDATED: 09:57 27 May 2013

Rebecca Warren

Rebecca Warren


A mum with cancer has spoken of her disappointment after being told she will not receive pioneering treatment.

Rebecca Warren’s family have been raising thousands of pounds so she could receive treatment not available in the UK to destroy cancerous cells inside her spine.

It had been hoped a specialist doctor from Mexico would travel to the UK to perform the procedure, but Rebecca has been told he is no-longer free to come.

“It’s so disappointing,” the mum-of-three told the Post. “We really hoped that this would work.”

But she said the family were now looking at a possible alternative treatment offered in Germany.

“I’m not giving up. This is a set-back, but we’re determined there’s something out there that can help,” she added.

The 33-year-old, from Dagenham, was diagnosed with a spine tumour in 2006 but despite three operations and radiotherapy it has not been possible to eradicate it.

The tumour is difficult to treat because the cancerous cells break off, then float inside the spine before attaching themselves to its walls and forming new growths.

Family and friends of Rebecca have set up a number of events to raise cash for her treatment and have collected more than £15,000 so far.

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