Brave fight against can­cer ends

The Napier Mail - - FRONT PAGE -

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.

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