For months, Natalie Blandford was told she was suffering from a toothache.
The pain was so intense that she went to the doctor and dentist, but each time she was given antibiotics to treat the infection.
For months, many experts missed the growing tumor on Natalie’s face, despite an X-ray that her family said was clearly visible.
Now, a year after first complaining of pain and trying to get to an appointment, she is faced with an extremely rare case. cancer – stage 4 carcinoma of the sinuses – cannot be cured.
The 39-year-old woman first started experiencing severe pain in her mouth in January 2021.
The medics assumed she had an infection and continued to give her antibiotics, as the tumor grew.
Within months, it had spread to her mouth, sinuses, eyes, and upper nose and was unable to function.
Her mother, Gill, said: “I think it’s very scary at the moment, yes a lot of people are stolen, and for him [the dentist] didn’t notice.
“All just toothache. If it had been caught earlier, they might have tried to cut it off.
“But if they tried now they said she would lose her eyes, the upper part of her mouth.”
The former NHS worker, 63, is furious it has been missed, and her daughter has endured months of pain and treatment.
She said: “She was amazing, it was so wrong that it went back to January.
“She had a phone call with the doctor and they said you need to see the dentist.
“She couldn’t get one because of Covid, it took quite a while – but she finally got to the dentist in June.
“He said she needed an X-ray and said she needed to have four teeth extracted.
“We looked at an X-ray copy, and we could see the tumor – how he couldn’t see it I don’t know.
“Another doctor then took a biopsy from the tooth. So this was from January to September, before anyone did anything for her.”
Nasal and sinus cancer is a rare type of cancer that affects the nasal cavity and sinuses.
Gill, 63, takes Natalie to her fatigue treatment at Addenbrookes Hospital every three weeks – a long drive from her home near Downham Market, Norfolk.
Natalie and her partner Connie, who got married late last year, stayed during chemotherapy after traveling from the Isle of Wight.
The former bus driver got a wish as she battled a terminal illness cancer – to watch her beloved West Ham United play.
She has been a loyal follower of the club since she was 5 years old, but has never come to see them play in person.
Her family was established Go Fund Me page raised enough money so Natalie could see her team, but from the safety of a sealed box, as her immune system was compromised.
Anne, Natalie’s cousin, said: “Nat is currently on chemotherapy to give her more time. When the chemotherapy stops, all will thrive again.
“Lucky Nat may be marrying the love of her life at the end of December, but she has one more wish – she wants to see West Ham United play.
“So here we are, seeing if we can raise the money ourselves. We want to make Natalie’s wish come true.”
Amazingly, in less than a week there was enough money to get Natalie safely into football, with Anne excitedly telling sponsors “you all helped lift her”.
The most common symptoms of Nose and sinus cancer We:
- Nasal congestion does not go away and usually affects only one side.
- decreased sense of smell
- mucus coming out of your nose – there may be blood
- mucus draining from the back of your nose and throat
In later stages, symptoms may include:
- pain or numbness in the face, especially in the upper cheek, that does not go away
- swollen lymph nodes in the neck
- partial loss of vision or double vision
- Watery eyes don’t go away
- pain or pressure in one ear
- a lump that is persistent or growing on your face, nose, or roof of your mouth
https://www.thesun.co.uk/health/17424777/incurable-tumour-face-missed-doctors/ My daughter was given antibiotics for a ‘toothache’, now she’s facing a rare killer