Mum-of-six thanks Sheffield medics for life-saving cancer treatment

Picture Caption: Rohila (2nd from right) says thanks to the Gestational Trophoblastic Disease team at Weston Park Hospital
Picture Caption: Rohila (2nd from right) says thanks to the Gestational Trophoblastic Disease team at Weston Park Hospital

A mum-of-six has thanked a Sheffield hospital for her treatment for a rare form of cancer.

Rohila Akhlaq, aged 55, from Pitsmoor, was diagnosed with Gestational Trophoblastic Disease - a rare form of cancer that mimics pregnancy - in March last year.

She was treated with chemotherapy at Sheffield’s Weston Park Hospital - one of only two centres in the country which treats the condition - and is healthy again.

Around 35 Sheffield women are diagnosed with the condition each year and Weston Park has a 100 per cent success rate for treating it.

In November, to raise awareness of the condition and the treatment available, Weston Park staff have organised a Gestational Trophoblastic Charity Ball at Baldwins Omega.

They hope to raise cash to fund more of the specialist treatment.

Cancer surviver Rohila said: “My family in particular struggled to come to terms with how poorly I became in such a short amount of time.

“Without the incredible support and level of care delivered by the staff at Weston Park Hospital, I doubt very much that I would be here today.

“From day one, the doctors and nurses became like a family to me and were so attentive to my every need.”

Rohila, whose treatment finished in June last year, said: “I can’t stress enough how thankful I am to the specialised team at Weston Park Hospital for getting me through this ordeal.

“Although my treatment has now finished and I can start to look forward to a positive future, I’m still in touch with the staff that cared for me.

“The local people are extremely lucky to have Weston Park Hospital on their doorstep and it’s important that we support the cancer charity whenever possible.”

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