Gran’s cancer battle boost

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A CANCER patient has had some good news after medics told her the disease has not spread.

A recent check-up left Hartlepool woman Pauline Bage relieved after doctors told her medication has got the cancer under control.

And the 68-year-old, of Whitrout Road, King Oswy, has even more to smile about after a fundraiser she held to raise money for the hospital treating her proved a huge success.

The Mail told in August how Pauline had to have a kidney removed earlier this year after medics discovered a large tumour.

She then found herself back in hospital after a setback that saw her blood pressure rocket to dangerous levels left her at risk of a heart attack or stroke.

Pauline has been told there is no cure for her cancer. But it can be controlled with Pazonib tablets, which cuts the blood flow to any potential abnormalities.

Since then the retired machinist has had a check-up at James Cook University Hospital, in Middlesbrough, and she was delighted at the news.

The grandmother-of-two, great-grandmother-of-one and step-great-grandmother-of-two said: “Because of these tablets, what the doctors call ‘cancer spots’, in lymph nodes in my chest have shrunk by 25 per cent.

“I didn’t know whether to cry with joy or jump in the air.”

The Mail previously described how Pauline, who is mum to Keith Bage, 50, Paul Bage, 48, and Mandy Dixon, 45, was diagnosed with kidney cancer on Boxing Day.

After having the tumour removed in February, she found herself receiving treatment at James Cook University Hospital, where tests revealed dehydration and a sky-high blood pressure of 216/90 – well above the average of 120/80.

She was nursed back to health by a “team of angels” and Pauline planned a charity night at King Oswy Workingmen’s Club, where she is a committee member, to raise money for new blood pressure monitors for the hospital.

The night, which featured entertainment from country singer Eric White, raised an impressive £565, which medics are spending on refurbishing a room for families of patients to use.

Pauline said: “I’m over the moon with how the night went, and want to thank everyone for their donations, everyone who turned up and the committee for providing raffle prizes.”

Sister Beverley Rogers, ward manager, wrote in a letter to Pauline: “On behalf of ward 14 I would like to thank you for generous donation of £565. We really appreciate your kindness and your donation will go towards the cost of refurbishing one of our side rooms in the family unit which will provide families with pleasant surroundings and facilities when spending time with their loved ones.”