Hospital saved my life after rare cancer diagnosis

Katy Hancock
Katy Hancock

Katy Hancock can’t thank Weston Park Hospital enough for saving her life after she was diagnosed with one of the world’s rarest forms of cancer.

There were only 30 other cases of her type of cervical cancer, with very few survivors.

Four years later, Katy, aged 50, is showing her gratitude to Weston Park by joining the 4.5 km ‘Light the Night’ sponsored walk through Ecclesall Woods on September 28.

“Nothing had prepared me for the shock of finding out that I had cancer,” she said. “Even more frightening, the surgeon wasn’t sure if I would make a full recovery as there was very little research on the type of cancer and there were only a small number of women who had experienced it.

“It was a strange time for me and it came as a massive blow to the whole family. I found it heartbreaking to tell my teenage children, Sophie, who at the time was 15, and Dominic, who was 17, that their mum would need life-saving treatment and might not survive.”

Katy, a sister at the Northern General Hospital, who lives in Thorpe Hesley, had ‘mesonephric adenocarcinoma’. She needed a radical hysterectomy and also received brachytherapy, a form of radiotherapy treatment, at Weston Park.

“The worst part was, at the time, there were very few survivors so this made me even more frightened for what could happen.”

If it wasn’t for Weston Park, she wouldn’t be here today, she said. “No words can describe the outstanding care they provide for patients.”

Katy will be on the walk in aid of Weston Park Hospital Cancer Charity with husband Steven and the children. They will also be walking in memory of Katy’s mum, Jean Morris, who died of a brain tumour.

Olympic champion Jessica Ennis-Hill will be at the walk.