A BOWEL cancer patient claims she was turned away by GPs for ten months before she was diagnosed – despite “filling cups with blood” when she went to the toilet. Gemma Epstein is now fighting for her life, paying around £2,000 a month for drugs she can’t get on the NHS, and trying to fund last-ditch treatment in Germany that could cost as much as £200,000. The 37-year-old believes that had family doctors acted sooner she might not be facing such a bleak future. Gemma, from Middleton, Greater Manchester, first went to her doctor in the spring of 2015. Her sister Becky, 34, said: “She was going to the GP in pain and she was filling cups full of blood. “They kept telling her nothing was wrong and they couldn’t find anything.” It was not until April 2016, after repeated visits to GP practices in NHS Greater Manchester and NHS England North, that Gemma was finally referred to a consultant. She underwent surgery and numerous rounds of chemotherapy and believed she was in remission until doctors told her the disease had spread to her lungs, hip bone, brain and half of her liver. Bowel cancer is the second deadliest form of… Read full this story
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