MY MUM’S CANCER WAS DIAGNOSED TOO LATE
Specialist district nurse practitioner temi adeloye, 53, lives in peckham, South london, with husband emmanuel, 61,
a church of england vicar. the couple have two children, christina, 27,
and emmanuel, 23. ON MONDAY, my husband and I held hands as we sat in next-door cubicles and had our blood taken for a test that could tell us if we have cancer.
I have had so many patients with this — and lost many, too. My husband has also sat with congregation members who have had or died of cancer. We know this is a disease that can affect anyone.
And there are so many types that don’t cause obvious symptoms until it is too late. My own mother passed away in 2009 from pancreatic cancer, which has no visible signs in the early stages. She died within three months of her diagnosis.
She was only 66 and had just retired — having worked hard all her life and brought up six children. It was too soon.
That’s one of the reasons why, when I found out about the trial, I didn’t hesitate to sign up.
The test was straightforward. I don’t like blood tests — even nurses can be scared of needles — but it was fine. It is such a good thing to do.
Technology and treatments have moved on. If we can find a way to detect cancers earlier, then many lives will be saved.