Teen’s fierce ‘toddler tantrums’ turn out to be sign of rare cancer

A teenager discovered she had a rare form of cancer after she started having 'toddler tantrums'.

Beth Worley was 17 when she first started noticing symptoms, including pain in her abdomen.

While she was diagnosed with irritable bowel syndrome at Nuneaton's George Eliot Hospital, her symptoms got increasingly severe.

Beth started getting intense adrenaline surges which left her hot and breathless, Coventry Live reported .

Her heart would pound and she would come close to fainting.

"I couldn’t control my emotions – I would be almost manic one moment, then feeling weepy and irritable the next," she said.


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“Mum said I was like a toddler having tantrums. It was as if all the normal ups and downs that everyone experiences were magnified ten times over.”

Shortly after starting a degree in forensic investigations at Coventry University Beth was given the devastating diagnosis that she had a very rare tumour called paraganglioma.

Surgeons at Birmingham's Queen Elizabeth Hospital also found two benign cysts in her lymph nodes and a malignant tumour in her liver in a March 2019 operation.

“Luckily the cysts in the lymph nodes had contained the malignant tumour and stopped it spreading further," Beth added.

“I was in intensive care for six days and it took me a few months to recover as it was such a big operation – I had been cut open from my chest to my belly – but I was determined to get back on my feet again and get back to university.”

Beth's mum, Claire Ingram, praised her daughter for being strong during her treatment and for continuing her studies.

She said:  “Seeing your child in intensive care with all these tubes coming out of her is so awful, the worst thing for a parent. But Beth has been absolutely amazing through all of this – we are in awe of her.

"The doctors wanted Beth to leave University in order to deal with her treatment but she simply refused. She even managed to pass her driving test too.”

Beth, now 19, has thrown her weight behind Cancer Research UK's 'Right Now' campaign which encourages people to donate, volunteer, fundraise or share their cancer story.

Her friends and family have also helped her raise £4,000 for the charity.

She said: “Now, I want to do everything I can to help raise money and awareness. That’s why I’m backing this vitally important campaign and I hope people in Coventry and Warwickshire will donate or support in any way they can.

"Progress in the fight against this devastating disease relies on everyone who raises vital funds.”

You can find out more about the campaign by clicking  here

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