Sunderland mum who had tongue rebuilt is recovering well

Cancer survivor Jacqueline Wilson, centre, with mother Dot Golightly and friend Janet Farrer
Cancer survivor Jacqueline Wilson, centre, with mother Dot Golightly and friend Janet Farrer
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MEDICS at Sunderland Royal Hospital are helping a brave mum win her cancer battle.

Jacqueline Wilson had half her tongue removed in February, before surgeons at the hospital rebuilt it, using muscle from her arm.

Now the mum-of-one has been told that her cancer has not spread, and that she no longer needs radiotherapy treatment.

The 47-year-old said: “This is the news I was hoping for and it’s such a relief.

“When you’ve been through something like this, you have to be prepared for anything. It will be hard to stop worrying, and it will always be in the back of my mind.

“But hopefully, I can look forward now and hope for the best.”

Miss Wilson, of South Tyneside, will have to attend hospital for regular check-ups over the next year.

Her friend Janet Farrer said: “Jacqueline went to hospital on Friday. She was examined, and they said everything was going well.

“The medics were very pleased with her progress and said there was nothing untoward, which is very pleasing.

“They will keep a close eye on Jacqueline over the next year and it is good to know she is in safe hands.”

Miss Wilson’s mother, Dot Golightly, said: “When you think of everything she has gone through, it really has been difficult for her.

“The way she has dealt with it has been remarkable, and she deserves this good news. It’s a relief for us all.”

Miss Wilson, who is also a grandmother-of-two, visited her GP last December after discovering the underside of her tongue had turned white.

She had to wait several weeks for the results of a biopsy, before she was diagnosed with cancer in January.

She underwent a life-saving operation at Sunderland Royal Hospital in February, where doctors cut through the side of her neck to reach the affected part of her mouth.

This was followed by a six-week course of radiotherapy.

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