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Student’s ‘unexpected pregnancy’ turned out to be deadly cancerous tumour
February 27, 2021
A student who thought she was pregnant was shocked to discover her "pregnancy" was actually ovarian cancer.
Becky Brothwood was just 18 when her GP told her that a pregnancy test had come back positive, which the teen knew was "impossible."
She was rushed to A&E over fears it could be an ectopic pregnancy but when Becky came out of surgery, doctors told her that she actually had a deadly tumour.
In one of her ovaries, medics discovered a mass growing which was "too big to remove".
The second surgery confirmed doctors' fears, and Becky was told she had cancer in January 2015, receiving treatment in February of the same year.
Becky told LiverpoolEcho: "I was due to go in for my third contraceptive injection and I'd been having some symptoms like bloating, being tired, weeing more often. It got to a point where I knew something wasn't right but I kept ignoring it.
"The lady asked how I was finding the contraception and I mentioned the symptoms and then she said 'let me do a pregnancy test'.
"I came back positive. I was only 18 and I was like 'oh my God what do I do now'. She checked the dates that I had been back recently and she said it was impossible for it to happen, so she rang around a couple of hospitals and sad I needed to get to A&E."
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She admitted she started "freaking out" after fearing it was an ectopic pregnancy and stayed overnight before having surgery.
"When I woke up they said the tumour was too big to remove and we were like 'what do you mean a tumour?'" she recalled.
"They said it was just medical terminology – but we didn't have the diagnosis until after I had the second surgery to get it removed. They called me after taking a biopsy and said it was cancer."
Becky said the diagnosis left her in a "trance" and underwent nine weeks of gruelling chemotherapy.
At the time of the diagnosis, she was forced to put her studies at Bangor University on hold, but eventually graduated with a degree in Health and Social Care.
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She also took part in a BBC documentary called The Silent Killer, which Becky said was emotional hearing how her illness affected her dad.
Speaking on the programme, Ian said: "My wife said Rebecca's called and they think it is a tumour. You're just numb, you don't really process it, I just stood there in the kitchen for a while and at that point you don't know what that is going to mean."
"The treatment itself was brutal, really brutal. That was the most difficult to watch your child go through something which is absolutely tortuous.
"She's my little inspiration, Rebecca, she blows my mind."