Brave congressman shares inspirational stories of overcoming cancer

CANCER doesn’t care if you’re a Tory or Labour, a Remainer or Brexiteer, an ordinary office worker or a high-flying Westminster politician.

It doesn’t care who you are, what you do and can attack at any time.

The diagnosis can feel like breaking news. Words like ‘Chemo’, ‘Radiotherapy’ and ‘Surgery’ are equally paralyzing and terrifying.

The MPs came together to share their stories for Sun readers


The MPs came together to share their stories for Sun readersCredit: Paul Edwards The Sun

But thanks to the NHS, doctors and medical scientists From CO can pass.

The Sun is fortunate enough to speak to MPs who have experienced cancer and are determined to use their experience for the better as they make their way through Westminster.

While acknowledging they are “extremely fortunate” to remain in the House of Commons after their battle with cancer, they say they are determined to work together to beat the disease “once and for all.” .”

Here, they tell their stories to mark World Cancer Day:

Lee Anderson, Tory MP

Tory congressman Lee Anderson said:


Tory MP Lee Anderson said: “Finding answers about the pain probably saved his lifeCredit: Paul Edwards The Sun

Twenty years ago, I worried about my health due to pain in my groin.

Like most people, I scour the internet to diagnose myself, which is not always a good idea but on this occasion it probably saved my life.

I went to see my GP, who wasn’t at work so I saw the place instead. I told him I thought I had testicular cancer, he examined me and told me I was wrong and it was just an infection and the swelling would go away.

Then he started talking about my weight and that I needed to lose a few pounds (the cheek part of it).

I was not satisfied and insisted on asking for a CT scan.

A week later I went to the local hospital for the scan and just an hour after the scan I was taken to the hospital and told they would have surgery the next day to remove one of my testicles which had a tumor on the side. inside is 2.5cm in size (no wonder it hurt me).

At the time, I was a single parent to two boys aged 12 and 9, and I didn’t want to tell them because it would worry them.

So I told my parents and dad frankly and caringly, ‘Don’t worry, if you die, we’ll have kids’.

That put my mind at rest immediately.

The next day, I had one of my testicles removed and was asked if I wanted a prosthetic replacement.

I turned down the offer because it meant extra work and I thought it was a waste of the NHS time and money.

A week later, I was sent for a full body check before starting Chemo.

After I got home, I was called back to the hospital and was told I had some tumors on my lung, at which point I thought it was over.

I went home to think about everything and what the future would bring etc. when the phone rang again and I was called back to the hospital again.

At this stage the consultant reviewed my work history and when he discovered that I had spent years working underground as a miner he said that the tumors were real. possible callus from inhaling dust under the pit.

Then I had regular scans over the next few weeks and months to see if it really left a scar.

The CT scan then lasted 6 months and after 5 years, I was discharged from the hospital.

I received a great service from the NHS but if I hadn’t insisted on the scan things could have ended up the other way around.

Chris Bryant, Labor MP

Chris Bryant MP


Chris Bryant MPCredit: Paul Edwards The Sun

I went to see my GP in Rhonda on January 11, 2018, my birthday, with a dick mole on the back of my head.

He thought it might be a wart, but took me in for an emergency check-up with a dermatologist, who told me 5 days later that it needed to go away on its own.

Five days later, she cut it up and sent it off for testing.

It turned out to be a stage IIIB melanomawhich means it has started to establish a small satellite and is therefore really dangerous.

“I Look Like Frankenstein’s Monster”

Chris Bryant, Labor MP

She gave me a 40% chance of living a year – and two weeks later, they removed a much larger part from the back of my head, leaving me with a bit of my belly, so I looked like the fuck. Frankenstein’s object.

Honestly, I was really scared.

But just a fortnight before I went to see my GP, they licensed an expensive new targeted therapy for my cancer – so I took it for a year, this drug. has so far prevented the cancer from coming back.

I get tested every three months – and will for the next few years.

I can’t tell you how grateful I am to the NHS – and how scientists have come up with new treatments. I hope to live for many years to come.

Wes Streeting, Labor MP and Shadow Health Secretary

Wes Streeting reveals he's still waiting for tests and cancer scans


Wes Streeting reveals he’s still waiting for tests and cancer scansCredit: Paul Edwards The Sun

It may not be obvious to someone who has lost a kidney, but I am incredibly lucky.

If it weren’t for the kidney stones, my cancer might have gone undetected for months.

And if I hadn’t lived in the UK, I wouldn’t have had the luck of being treated by the Rolls Royce machine that is our NHS.

My experience has not been perfect. I am one of more than a million people in the UK waiting to be examined and tested for cancer, with my results almost three months late.

And if I hadn’t lived in the UK, I wouldn’t have had the luck of being treated by the Rolls Royce machine that is our NHS.

Wes Streeting, Labor MP

After a decade of NHS mismanagement, more and more patients with suspected cancer are waiting, and they’re waiting longer than ever with the insecurity of not knowing.

Labour’s priority will be to provide patients with the quality care they need, when they need it.

Barbara Keeley, Labor MP

Brave Barbara Keeley reveals how scared she was when she found out she had cancer from a lump in her breast


Brave Barbara Keeley reveals how scared she was when she found out she had cancer from a lump in her breastCredit: Paul Edwards The Sun

In 2019, I was diagnosed with breast cancer after finding a lump in my breast.

Although the diagnosis was truly terrifying, I was fortunate enough to find the signs of cancer when it could be treated.

I had surgery followed by a course of radiation at Guy’s Hospital. I managed to work through the treatment even though the radiation made me tired.

I need more scans over the next six to nine months due to a so-called “glass background opacity” in my lungs, after radiation therapy.

I was all clear in 2020 and further tests were clear.

I am extremely grateful to all the staff at Guys and St Thomas’s and would urge everyone to regularly check themselves for signs of cancer and investigate anything suspicious.

Dame Diana Johnson, Labor MP

Dame Diana Johnson, Labor MP


Dame Diana Johnson, Labor MPCredit: Paul Edwards The Sun

I just turned 50 in 2016 and was called to my first mammogram appointment where I was diagnosed with very early breast cancer.

I have no lumps or signs that I have cancer.

Attending that screening appointment resulted in two rounds of tumor surgery and radiation, but because it was too early, I didn’t need chemotherapy.

My moral story is that always get screened, they can save your life.

I am 55 years old now and will forever be grateful for our excellent NHS mammogram screening programme.

Thangam Debbonaire, Shadow Leader of House Labour

I discovered a lump in my breast shortly after I became pregnant in 2015.

Then I combined my first year as an MP with chemotherapy, radiation and surgery. Seven years on, I know how lucky I am to be alive.

I leverage my position to raise awareness about early diagnosis and treatment, giving people the best chance of survival.

Pauline Latham, Tory MP

Pauline Latham


Pauline LathamCredit: Paul Edwards The Sun

I had two malignancies removed, one of which was very deep.

I am acutely aware that it is necessary to see the moles to change because my brother Michael has been dead since he was 54 years old.

So far mine hasn’t spread but I’m still constantly on the lookout.

Clive Betts, Labor MP

Clive bet, MP


Clive bet, MPCredit: Paul Edwards The Sun

In 2017, I was diagnosed with Multiple myeloma, a form of blood cancer.

I underwent a course of treatment at the Royal Hallamshire Hospital in Sheffield, which included chemotherapy and a stem cell transplant.

Thanks to the wonderful care I received from the NHS in Sheffield, from my Advisors Professor John Snowdon and Dr Andrew Chantry and my support nurse Andrea and all the staff at the Hospital, I have was able to recover and I was in complete remission.

Tracey Crouch, former sports minister and Tory MP

Tracey Crouch MP


Tracey Crouch MPCredit: Paul Edwards The Sun

I was diagnosed with breast cancer in June 2020.

I had two tumors in July 2020 and then started chemotherapy in September of that year, followed by radiation in February 2021.

A year has passed since I finished my treatment and all is well.

No one wants to get cancer but now, speaking from the good side, I’m not upset.

No one wants to get cancer but now, speaking from the good side, I’m not upset.

Tracey Crouch

Thanks to the amazing care I have received, I feel better, stronger, and stronger than ever, determined to use every tool I have to try and improve research on prevention, treatment, and prevention. Healing.

Chloe Smith, minister in the cabinet office and Tory MP

Chloe Smith, Congressman


Chloe Smith, CongressmanCredit: Paul Edwards The Sun

Minister Chloe Smith was diagnosed in October 2020 with breast cancer and was treated with chemotherapy, surgery and radiation.

She worked through her treatment and was fully informed by the summer of 2021.

Last year, she told Grazia: “Not everyone goes down my cancer path; I’m one of the lucky ones, but the NHS is there to support you every step of the way. “

Jo Churchill, Tory MP and former Health Minister

Jo Churchill, MP


Jo Churchill, MPCredit: Paul Edwards The Sun

I was diagnosed with thyroid cancer when I was 31 years old and 14 years later I was told I had breast cancer.

I’m cancer-free now, but I don’t want to say I survived.

I first came to Congress as an anti-cancer campaigner while undergoing treatment for breast cancer.

My desire to help others with cancer motivated me to become an MP.
I am living after cancer.

ut it still affects my life and my family.

Even now if I have a cough or get sick, one of my daughters will jump on me to check that I’m okay.

We don’t usually talk about how this disease affects the wider family, and it’s important for us to address that.

Dan Jarvis, Labor MP and Mayor of South Yorkshire

Tragically, my first wife Caroline passed away from bowel cancer, so I know from my personal experience how devastating cancer can be and how it can be. How to ruin life.

Partly due to my family’s experience, but also through my work as an constituency MP, I have come to appreciate the important role the NHS cancer workforce plays. Our intentions and our charities in treating people with cancer, caring for patients and helping to ease the burden on families.

I have no doubt that one day we will beat cancer – let’s work together to make sure it happens sooner rather than later. Brave congressman shares inspirational stories of overcoming cancer

Bobby Allyn

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