Brave fight against cancer ends
A Hawke’s Bay woman who was forced to seek cancer treatment in Germany has lost her battle against the disease.
Kirsty Webb, 45, was diagnosed with terminal breast cancer in 2014 and sought treatment in Germany twice after New Zealand doctors told her there was nothing more they could do for her.
The mother of two died at Cranford Hospice, Hastings, on Thursday.
After she was told the only treatment available was palliative care, she travelled to Germany to undergo an intensive treatment not available in New Zealand.
The hospital she attended specialises in hyperthermia treatment – a method where the body is heated to 42C while a small dose of chemotherapy is administered.
The heat is supposed to damage cancer cells, allowing the chemotherapy to work more effectively. For more than a year Webb was cancer free.
But the cancer returned last year. Webb was told it was likely she would only live until last Christmas, forcing her to leave her two young children – Florence, 10, and Christian, 7 – in Hawke’s Bay to travel back to Germany to undergo the same treatment she had in 2014.