Sometimes even the most minor symptoms can indicate the presence of a serious disorder. Therefore, it is not worth saving on the diagnosis of diseases, and it is worth undergoing an examination immediately after the appearance of unpleasant symptoms. At the age of 27, Lucy Crossley got her dream job at a lingerie company. Suddenly, she began to itch in the abdominal area. She went to the doctor several times to be examined and receive proper treatment.
However, after using medications for scabies and an allergic reaction, Lucy was unable to get any relief. A couple of months after Lucy Crossley first noticed the annoying itch, she was already fired from her job for taking so much rest. Her condition continued to deteriorate. When she started complaining of chest compression, which, as it turned out, was localized near the liver, Liam, her lover, took her to the hospital, where functional tests were carried out.
Studies have shown that she has a pathological level of bilirubin. Although at that time Lucy was under observation in the hospital for more than three weeks, doctors still could not find the cause of the deterioration of her health. The following month, Lucy Crossley was transferred to another hospital, where she was consulted by five doctors. In the end, she underwent a scan that showed a blockage of the left bile duct, and a month later she finally got an answer.
The doctors determined what Lucy was sick with, but it wasn’t good news. The itching Lucy was experiencing was caused by a tumor blocking her bile ducts. Because of it, bile was secreted under the skin and caused irritation. This blockage occurred due to cancer of the bile ducts. When the doctors told Lucy and Liam the terrible news, the girl experienced a nervous breakdown. “I held her hand when they were talking to us. As soon as they said the word “cancer”, Lucy broke down and started crying on my shoulder,” Liam recalled.
Unfortunately, her news kept getting worse. By that time, cholangiocarcinoma was too advanced for surgery, and doctors could only offer Lucy chemotherapy. But there was one thing cancer couldn’t stop-a wedding. Already engaged, when Lucy was diagnosed, Liam and Lucy decided to postpone the wedding date. Although Lucy still hoped that the treatment would be successful, she was rushed to the hospital when she fainted a few months after the wedding.
Doctors discovered that she had internal bleeding because the tumor had squeezed a vein in her liver. Unfortunately, experts have said that nothing more can be done to stop the cancer. Lucy underwent an emergency operation for a vein biopsy, after which she did not wake up from anesthesia. “I felt so helpless. There was a woman next to me that I wanted to spend the next 40, 50 or more years with.
But now she’s not with us, and there was nothing I could do to save her,” Liam explained, recalling the emotions he felt when he lost his wife. Now he wants to help others by sharing Lucy’s story, because if cancer had been detected earlier, she could have been saved. Although bile duct cancer used to be a relatively rare disease, in recent years the incidence of the disease has increased dramatically. Professor Simon Taylor-Robinson explained why we can observe such an increase.
He said: “Today we know that cancer rates are increasing due to the release of chemicals generated by waste incineration, as well as due to industrial leaks.” On February 17, 2016, the first World Cholangiocarcinoma Day was held, when six charitable organizations from around the world joined together to organize it.
Imperial College London notes that the inability to diagnose bile duct cancer quickly enough means that the tumor cannot be removed by surgery. Only 5 percent of people diagnosed with bile duct cancer are alive just a year after diagnosis. We hope that the tragic death of Lucy Crossley will not be in vain.