Sheffield cancer patient highlights rare condition as she seeks alternate treatments in her fight for life
A brave mother-of-three is seeking out alternative cancer treatments in her fight for life and to raise awareness of her rare condition.
Megan Murphy, was diagnosed with inoperable bile duct cancer in August, 2020 and doctors soon found the cancer had spread to her liver, lymph nodes and lungs.
But the 46-year-old, who is already undergoing pioneering treatment at Sheffield’s Weston Park Hospital, is determined to pursue other treatments to extend her life and to raise awareness of this rare form of cancer and its symptoms.
Her best friend Emma Shaw said: “The news came as a devastating blow to Megan and all who love her. Soon after, scans showed that the cancer had also spread to her lungs.“Chemotherapy was quickly arranged and Megan responded well to her treatment. During this time, she carried out extensive research and looked into alternative medicines, supplements, healthy eating, exercise, quite simply anything that would keep her alive and well.”
Following chemotherapy at Weston Park Hospital the main tumour shrank and there were encouraging signs of improvement but after Megan's pain began to increase a CT scan revealed some new, aggressive tumours in her liver.
However, Megan has started a new targeted therapy treatment with pioneering Pemigatanib medication that has already improved her quality of life, dramatically reduced her pain and given her more time with her family.
But her friends and relatives understand it is now vitally important to tackle the cancer in as many ways as possible with any additional, alternative treatments.
Emma said: “After a lot of research into alternative treatments, and encouraged by many success stories of others who have used these to support their healing, we are keen for Megan to be able to access these additional treatments.”
These treatments are very expensive and time is of the essence so Emma has set up a gofundme page to help raise enough money to give Megan access to these alternate treatments in a bid to control her cancer, shrink the tumours and to work alongside her current medical treatment.
Bile duct cancer, which is also known as Cholangiocarcinoma, is a rare and aggressive cancer that can be found in small tubes that connect different organs in the body and has a very poor prognosis.
Emma explained the condition was previously linked mainly to older patients but diagnoses among younger patients have increased. Megan’s only symptom before she was diagnosed had been a pain in her stomach.
Megan, who previously worked with vulnerable young adults before she became seriously ill, has thrown herself into researching her condition as much as possible to help others and to ensure she can spend as much quality time with her children Imogen, Cara and Finn.
Emma added: “Megan is so keen to help other people even though she is ill. She is speaking to people far and wide about it and I think the research is keeping her going and as soon as she finds anything out she passes the information on.”
Those wishing to make a donation can visit the gofundme page https://www.gofundme.com/f/megan-murphy?utm_campaign=p_cp_url&utm_medium=os&utm_source=customer to support Megan’s treatment and to help raise further awareness about her condition.