Patient receives all-clear from cancer after six years

05 January 2016

Laura Brown was just 21 when she was given the news that she had stage two Hodgkin’s Lymphoma cancer.

But after six difficult years of fighting the challenging disease, the 27-year-old is now feeling “on top of the world” after being given the all-clear.

Laura received her treatment here at Spire Little Aston Hospital, from our consultant haematologist Dr Shankara Paneesha, which was a success and she went into remission.

Dr Paneesha is full of praise for Laura’s positivity, saying: “We started chemotherapy as soon as possible and Laura’s response to treatment was excellent.

“She was a model patient, always smiling, always interested in what was happening to her and, most of all, always determined that she was going to get better.”

Laura marked the amazing news, with a snowboarding trip in Chamonix in the French Alps.

“Everything has turned out so well and I would like to say a huge thank you to everyone who made that possible – my family who’ve just been amazing; Ben and all of his family; my friends; Dr Paneesha and the staff at Spire Little Aston, who became like part of my family for nearly six years.”

Facts about Hodgkin’s lymphoma

  • Also known as Hodgkin lymphoma or Hodgkin’s disease, Hodgkin’s lymphoma is an uncommon cancer that develops in the lymphatic system, which is a network of vessels and glands spread throughout your body.

  • Hodgkin lymphoma can develop at any age, but it mostly affects young adults in their early 20s and older adults over the age of 70. Slightly more men than women are affected.

  • It is a relatively aggressive cancer and can quickly spread through the body. Despite this, it is also one of the most easily treated types of cancer. Around 1,900 people are diagnosed with Hodgkin lymphoma in the UK each year.

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