Tessa Jowell brain cancer: Symptoms of disease that’s affecting former Minister

Tessa Jowell isn’t afraid of her brain cancer, she revealed this morning.

She was diagnosed with high-grade brain cancer in May 2017, and has been told there’s no further treatment she can have on the NHS.

Jowell wants cancer patients to be able to trial potential treatments and therapies.

“Shall I tell you something? I am absolutely 100 per cent trying to stay alive. That is exactly the kind of risk that patients should be free to take. It should be a risk that they have the chance to take and it's certainly what somebody like me wants.”

Jowell’s family revealed she had a high grade brain tumour last year.

Her daughter-in-law is Ella Woodward - better known as Deliciously Ella - who married her son Matt Mills in a ceremony on the island of Mustique in 2016.

The food blogger wrote on Instagram: "Matt's Mum was suddenly diagnosed with brain cancer in May.

A high grade tumour is malignant, and is a fast-growing cancer that spread to other parts of the brain and spine.

Brain cancer symptoms vary depending on which part of the brain is affected.

Common signs of the disease include persistent headaches, seizures, and persistent vomiting.

Behavioural changes, memory loss, vision problems and progressive paralysis on one side of the body could be a sign of a brain tumour.

Some symptoms may develop over time, the NHS said.

You should see a GP if you have the symptoms of brain cancer - particularly if you have a persistent headache.

The cause of brain tumours is unknown, but you’re more likely to develop the condition if you’ve had cancer in the past.

A family history of brain cancer could also increase the risk of developing the disease.

About 15 out of every 100 people with a cancerous brain tumour will survive for five years or more after being diagnosed.

More than 10,000 new cases of the disease are diagnosed every year in the UK.



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