CervicalCheck campaigner Vicky Phelan confirms her cancer is growing as she issues defiant message

Campaigner Vicky Phelan has confirmed that her cancer has grown as she pledged to continue her fight for justice for those who were affec...


Campaigner Vicky Phelan has confirmed that her cancer has grown as she pledged to continue her fight for justice for those who were affected by the Cervical Check scandal.

The heroic mother-of two today revealed that sadly a new tumour has developed in her lung as she heaped praise on a miracle drug which she rigorously campaigned for.

Ms Phelan was diagnosed with cervical cancer in 2014, after receiving an incorrect smear test result that failed to detect any abnormalities in 2011.

Taking to social media she wrote: “So, I have been holding off on sharing news that my cancer is growing back (slowly, thankfully) I needed the time to absorb this news and for my family and friends to absorb it too

“In addition to growth in three tumours, I have developed a new (tiny – 3mm) tumour in my lung.

Vicky Phelan

“I knew this day would come, and that Pembro would stop keeping all of my tumours at bay. But I am so very glad that I fought for Pembro. It has given me almost 3 years of a quality of life I could never have hoped for on chemotherapy.

“I am actively researching options at the moment, and, apart from bouts of extreme tiredness at times, I am very lucky to report no other symptoms at the moment.”

The defiant activist went on to say that despite the upsetting diagnosis she will continue to campaign as she paid tribute to other victims of the CervicalCheck scandal.

“I will continue to campaign with the @221plus for a Tribunal that meets the needs of the women and families affected by the #CervicalCheck scandal because one of our main asks centres on providing for women who suffer a recurrence, like me.

“This cancer is NOT curable. It affects primarily young women with families. The State admitted failing these women in a State apology last year

“They undertook to provide an alternative to the High Court for women & families affected to right the wrongs that have been visited on them through the failings of CervicalCheck. The State, through Minister Stephen Donnelly must do the RIGHT thing by these women and families.

“Listen to our concerns and address the needs of the women and families with grace and compassion. Honour those who have already passed away including Ruth, Emma, Orla, Julie and stop the cycle of protecting the State or you will fail these women a second time.



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