This Morning’s Dr Philippa Kaye announces she has bowel cancer after being misdiagnosed twice

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Dr Philippa Kaye has revealed she was diagnosed with bowel cancer last year after being misdiagnosed twice.

The 40 year old recounted the awful moment she was given her diagnosis to Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield on Wednesday's This Morning.

Philippa, who is a regular on the ITV daytime show, was told she has the disease in May 2019 after being misdiagnosed for bowel pain twice previously.

She has been undergoing chemotherapy for the last six months an will have a 12-hour long operation later this week to remove the final lesion of cancer.

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The mum-of-three said: "When you're young and even as a doctor you think, 'This cannot be cancer'.

"I had three emergency cesarean sections and I had some pain in my pelvis and assumed it was down to scar tissue and so did my GP.

"I was 39 and I then went to a gynaecologist who also thought it was scar tissue, but when you get scar tissue in your pelvis you should go to a bowel surgeon."


Speaking about her devastating diagnosis, Philippa continued: "I think I will remember that moment for the rest of my life.

"They put you under a little bit of sedation, and you lie down to try and relax.

"I glanced up at the screen and I looked at the surgeon and he looked at me and I knew."

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"You have to have a period of scans to check where it is. And for a lot of us, it's the waiting and uncertainty that is most difficult.

"I had a really big surgery and six months of chemotherapy. Then we thought we were done but there is a lesion that is still going and I am going in for a whopper at the end of this week.

"A ten or 12 hour surgery, but sometimes you have to hurt to heal and this a step towards recovery."

She added: "I was really lucky to be able to continue to have my treatment and I had a surgery in May.

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"Coronavirus has lots of costs, there is the mortality related to the virus, the mortality because of things we cannot manage because of the virus and then the mental health costs.

"To go and wait for a surgery on your own and to wake up on your own without someone to hold you hand and just bear witness to that, is incredibly tough.

"So for everyone who is on their own in hospital, we are in this together," she touchingly added.

This Morning airs weekdays at 10am on ITV

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