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This Morning’s Dr Philippa Kaye reveals bowel cancer diagnosis

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This Morning’s Dr Philippa Kaye has revealed that she was diagnosed with bowel cancer in May last year and has urged fans not to put off going to the doctor if they have symptoms.

The GP, who offers health advice and guidance on the show, explained she had been through ‘major surgery and chemotherapy’ and is set to have her final remaining cancer lesion removed this week.

Dr Philippa, 40, opened up about her diagnosis, explaining she thought she was ‘too young’ to have the disease as it’s most common in over-60s.

She said: ‘When you’re young and even as a doctor you think, “This cannot be cancer”. I had had three emergency caesarean 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 gynecologist who also thought it was scar tissue, but when you get scar tissue in your pelvis you should go to a bowel surgeon.’ 

The mum-of-four continued: ‘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. 

‘[It’s] a ten or 12 hour surgery, but sometimes you have to hurt to heal and this is a step towards recovery.’ 

Dr Philippa later shared a photo on Instagram, elaborating on her decision to speak out on the show and urging people not to put off going to the doctor if they have symptoms.

She said: ‘Today on This Morning I spoke about my own diagnosis of bowel (colorectal) cancer last year when I was 39. I had major surgery and chemotherapy and have another big surgery to go this week.

Dr Philippa offers health advice on the ITV show (Picture: ITV/REX)

‘I have kept this part of my life private. not a secret, but private until I felt ready and able to discuss it and raise awareness around all cancers and the experience of being a young adult and a dr with cancer.

‘1 in 2 of us will be diagnosed with cancer at some point in our lives but this much feared diagnosis does not have to mean game over! Most people with cancer will be treatable and even those people with incurable cancer are living with their cancer rather than dying from it than ever. Please don’t put off going to the dr if you have symptoms, the earlier we catch it the better and easier it is to treat!

‘In the next few months I will be going through the signs and symptoms or various cancers and when to see your GP.

‘I have a big surgery coming up this weekend and to everyone in hospital waiting to go for treatment or who has had treatment during this pandemic, without visitors it has been incredibly tough. But we aren’t alone, we have each other!’

Fans and friends have been quick to share their support, with one writing:
‘Will be thinking of you good luck x’.

Another added: ‘Thinking of you Philippa!’ while one more said: ‘You are amazing.’

This Morning airs weekdays at 10am on ITV.



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Bowel Cancer UK has resources including expert information, real-life stories and events across the country.

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