Cancer sufferer waiting to see if radical surgery has worked

Donna Hannah
Donna Hannah
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A BRAVE cancer victim is facing an agonising wait to see if the life-threatening condition has returned.

Donna Marie Hannah, who underwent a radical hysterectomy after being diagnosed with a rare cancer, was rushed into A&E last week with severe pains.

Medics carried out emergency tests and a CT scan revealed an 8cm lymphatic cyst growing near the surface to the middle of her stomach.

The 38-year-old spent the night in the Queen Elizabeth Hospital having the cyst drained and now faces a fresh wait to see if the cancer has returned.

She said: “It just seems to be one thing after another. After the hysterectomy I had a stomach infection, then four weeks ago I had a helicobacter infection.”

Medics took a sample of the fluid and have sent it off for tests to make sure the Mesonephric Adeno Carcinoma has not returned.

Donna, of Oxclose, Washington, said: “They think the cyst might have been caused by the surgery as I had my pelvic nodes removed.

“Some of the fluid has been sent off to check that the cancer has not returned so I should find out this week. It’s non-stop.

“That was one of the most painful things I’ve ever been through in my life. It was absolutely horrendous, I’ve never felt anything like it.

“I’ve got all of my fingers crossed and am hoping it doesn’t come back.”

Despite being hit by a series of illnesses, determined Donna has battled on in her bid to turn her fight into something positive.

On Saturday, August 4, Donna will be hosting a fund-raiser, My Cancer’s Gone, Let’s Party On, where she hopes to collect cash for Northern Cancer Care Research Society.

The event starts at 5pm with entertainment for the whole family, including performances from Hip Hop Honeyz, Casey and Jaynastics Chique Academy.

There will also be a children’s fancy dress competition, disco and buffet.

From 7.30pm, the adult entertainment starts with a disco, buffet and raffle boasting top prizes, such as a signed SAFC shirt, signed Durham Cricket Club bat and shirt, an iPod, hair, beauty and shopping vouchers and bottles of champagne.

“This event means a hell of a lot to me because I feel that after everything that’s happened to us, there has to be something good that comes out of it.

“If it is a success, then it’s something I’d like to do every year and I really hope people join me in raising money for the fund.”

Tickets for the event at the Stella Maris Club, in Albany, cost £3 and £1 for children.

They can be ordered by emailing Donna on

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