Teenager who was told she was pregnant actually had a giant tumour… and can now NEVER have childrenThe teenager insisted it would be impossible for her to be pregnantGP told her mother that it is common for young girls to hide pregnancies from their familiesShe underwent a hysterectomy and chemotherapy to beat cancer
At 16-years-old a girl was told by her GP that she was six months pregnant, but a scan later revealed the growth was actually a huge ovarian tumour.
Phoebe Quatre-Morgan, from Bolton, visited her doctor after returning from a holiday with a swollen stomach, sickness in the mornings and a lack of appetite.
Diagnosed at 16: Phoebe Quatre-Morgan, from Bolton, was told she was pregnant by her GP but a scan later showed it was a tumour
Aftervisiting A&E with her mother, she was first told she had severe constipation and was sent home with medication, but when her symptoms worsened she consulted her GP and was told she was pregnant.
Phoebe insisted that it would be impossible for her to be pregnant and when she went for an ultrasound, the scan revealed the ‘baby’ was instead a lump.
Nurses referred her to The Christie hospital in Manchester, which specialises in cancer treatments, and was diagnosed with an ovarian tumour.
The teenager underwent surgery to remove the tumour, followed by three months of chemotherapy.
But after being given the all-clear in January, in April she was told the cancerous growth had returned.
During her treatment: Phoebe pictured at The Christie hospital in Manchester while undergoing cancer treatment
Undergoing tests: Phoebe”s cancerous tumour was detected during an ultrasound after being told she was pregnant
Pheobe, now 17, then underwent a hysterectomy and another six-month cycle of chemotherapy to beat the disease.
She has now been given the all-clear once again but will never be able to have her own children.
Phoebe said: “I knew there was no way I was pregnant and to be told that I was, by my GP in front of my mum, was devastating.
“The doctor was convinced I was, telling my mum that it was common for young girls to hide pregnancy fromtheir families – my mum was just as shocked as me about what the doctorwas telling us. I kept telling the GP I wasn”t, but she just didn”t listen.
“When we went for the ultrasound there was obviously no baby, so I had a sense of relief, but at the sametime we still didn”t know what the massive lump was causing the swelling.
“When I got the diagnosis, I had a mixture of emotions, from a sense of relief that they had finally found what was wrong with me, but at the same I had just found out that I had cancer – at 16 years old.”
Support network: Phoebe pictured in hospital with Coronation Street star Jennie McAlpine
Every year, around 6,500 women are diagnosed with ovarian cancer, however, it mostly affects women over 40. Misdiagnosis of the illness is normal as the symptoms are often associated with more common, less serious conditions.
Phoebe”s symptoms included constipation, lack of appetite, a swollen tummy and some sickness, whichtended to be in the morning – symptoms often associated with pregnancy.
Phoebe said: “It”s been hard to come to terms with being told that I”ll never be able to have my own children.
“I always saw myself having a family,but cancer has taken that decision away from me. Having had cancer has definitely made me a stronger person.
“It has made me not take things for granted and to just enjoy life,” she said. Phoebe is supporting a campaign to raise awareness of ovarian and testicular cancer in young people.”
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