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A mother has revealed how she came to terms with the news that both of her daughters developed life-threatening cancers at a young age

por Gretta Dover (2022-08-01)


A mother has revealed how she came to terms with the news that both of her daughters developed life-threatening cancers at a young age. 

Ahead of a charity run, Zoe Ardrey, 55, who lives in Shepperton, Surrey, has opened up about how her youngest daughter Sarah was diagnosed with bone cancer at the age of 11, before, eight years on, her eldest daughter, Katie, developed a brain tumour aged of 25.

Both women, now 31 and 25 respectively, are now doing well after receiving treatment, تقنية CAR-T Cell including Katie who had the same surgeon who operated on US senator Ted Kennedy's brain tumour - Dr Allan Friedman.

Doctors told the family that their illnesses were 'random bad luck' after the siblings underwent genetic testing.

Zoe Ardrey, 55, who lives in Shepperton, Surrey, claims she was told that it was 'random bad luck' that daughters Sarah (pictured left) and Katie (pictured right) were both diagnosed with cancer just eight years apart

Zoe (pictured), who is running to raise money for cancer research, said Katie's tumour left a hole that took up nearly a quarter of her brain when medics removed it when she was just 25

Katie (pictured in hospital) had been a 'fit' varsity athlete on a US scholarship when she was struck down with a malignant brain tumour

Zoe said the tumour left a hole that took up nearly a quarter of Katie's brain when medics removed it.

Katie Ardrey-Beatley, who now lives in Florida, had been a varsity athlete on a US scholarship in North Carolina when she was struck down with a malignant brain tumour the size of a baseball in March 2016.

Having moved to the US on a hockey scholarship at the age of 18, her diagnosis of a high-grade anaplastic glioma came as a shock.  

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She had been 'as fit as a fiddle' before being hit by a sudden migraine that made her feel 'terribly sick' and she went to see a doctor for the first time in years.

Within 36 hours she received her diagnosis and just days later underwent brain surgery to have the tumour removed.

Katie had been suffering from migraines, before medics began treating the high-grade anaplastic glioma with brain surgery, radiotherapy and 12 rounds of chemotherapy.

Pictured: Katie's scans before and after 

Katie went on to have six weeks of radiotherapy followed by 12 rounds of chemotherapy and is now being monitored with six-monthly scans.

Because of her age and the potential for her treatment to damage her reproductive system, Katie also underwent fertility treatment to enable her eggs to be harvested and stored.

Her sister, Sarah, now aged 25 is 'doing absolutely fine' after being treated for bone cancer at the age of just 11 in 2008. 

Zoe said: 'Talk about hitting us like a tonne of bricks.

It makes me cross that they both had to go through this at such a young age.





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