A girl whose most cancers is incurable after months of being misdiagnosed says “one thing dramatic” wants to alter.

Claire O’Shea, 41, was recognized with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) however a masseuse on a Turkish vacation informed her the lump in her stomach may have a extra sinister trigger.

She was later recognized with a uncommon kind of gynaecological most cancers.

The Welsh authorities stated focused help for gynaecological most cancers providers has been launched.

However a Senedd committee report discovered girls’s most cancers considerations are “dismissed, downplayed and unheard” and described a “harmful bias” in the direction of girls that must be stamped out.

The well being and social care committee heard proof from numerous girls who felt their considerations had repeatedly been dismissed, together with Judith Rowlands from Anglesey, who died quickly after her proof was heard.

“There must be one thing dramatic to alter girls’s experiences,” stated Claire, from Cardiff.

She was referred for a scan inside days of her return from vacation however was informed she had benign fibroids – non-cancerous growths across the womb.

The lump was the scale of a grapefruit when she had that eliminated eight months later, however a biopsy confirmed it was uterine leiomyosarcoma – a most cancers of the gentle tissue in her uterus.

“The prognosis is usually solely 12 to 18 months as a result of it is so uncommon, there’s not plenty of analysis into it and ladies typically get recognized later,” stated Claire.

She requested her medical notes which famous a number of cysts on her liver had been noticed. At her request, additional scans had been executed, revealing the most cancers had unfold to her liver, lungs and hip bone.

After a hysterectomy a yr in the past, she underwent six cycles of chemotherapy. To this point her tumour has stabilised and a scan earlier than Christmas will assist determine the following plan of action.

“I am 12 months clear and feeling fairly wholesome in the meanwhile, so I’ve outlived my prognosis already, which is promising in a means,” Claire stated.

“You’ll be able to’t reside in anger if you do not know how for much longer it’s a must to reside, so I am making an attempt to channel it into elevating consciousness.

“In Wales we have now a girl who’s a well being minister, we have now a authorities who stated they wish to be the primary feminist authorities and we speak about wanting an equal Wales, however they are not translating into higher care for ladies.

“In the intervening time it looks like there’s plenty of rhetoric and never a lot that really modifications. There must be one thing dramatic to alter girls’s experiences.”

Sioned Money, daughter of Judith Rowlands who was 57 when she died in Might, stated it was vital to her mom for enhancements to be made for different girls.

“Seeing mam struggling with the most cancers, I wish to see enhancements within the velocity and accuracy of the analysis and entry to remedy for the sake of others,” she stated.

“I’m very pleased with mam for sharing her story with the Welsh Parliament despite the fact that she was so gravely in poor health on the time.”

Judi Rhys, chief govt of Tenovus Most cancers Care, stated: “The tales shared with the committee solely scratched the floor. It revealed a systemic failure of ladies.

“Sadly, Judith handed away earlier than the publication of this report and it was one in all her remaining needs for her expertise to be heard so different girls did not must endure the identical as her.

“We now owe it to those girls and their households to ensure they’re actioned and prioritised by Welsh authorities.”

A Welsh authorities spokesperson stated: “It’s critical girls’s considerations are heard and brought significantly once they go to the NHS for assist. The experiences of the ladies within the report will assist us to enhance providers.

“Most cancers is without doubt one of the six planning priorities for the NHS and we’re dedicated to enhancing most cancers outcomes. We now have launched focused help for gynaecological most cancers providers and are offering GPs with supportive instruments for referral of suspected most cancers.

“We welcome this report from the committee and can reply to the suggestions in the end.”

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