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Husband says wife’s brain cancer progressed after lockdown stopped treatment


The husband of a woman with brain cancer said government has "failed" to look after people with illnesses other than COVID-19.

Emma Jenkinson, 31, had her chemotherapy treatment paused for three months over lockdown.

The heartbroken pair, who are parents to four children aged 11, nine, four and two, have now found out the disease has progressed and is likely resistant to further chemo.

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Image: Andrew Jenkinson speaks to Kay Burley about the delays coronavirus has caused to his wife Emma's cancer treatment.

Her husband Andrew Jenkinson told Kay Burley: "The system has failed Emma, and a lot of people like her.


"For me personally the government have tied the hands of the NHS.

"There is not enough people on the ground to carry on these treatments.

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"They've been concentrating far too much on COVID-19 and forgetting about the other people.

"It's heartbreaking they need to sort it out."

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Mr Jenkinson said his wife was responding well to treatment when her chemotherapy was stopped just before lockdown after their children developed coughs and they couldn't get a coronavirus test.

Emma became unwell over the next few months, on one occasion hitting her head and ending up in A&E with a cut.

He said: "We found out her cancer had progressed in May, and she went straight back on chemo and steroids.

"Last week she deteriorated again and had a scan. The cancer has progressed, the chemo has stopped working.

"Emma is giving up, she doesn't feel like she has long left. It's hard to watch."

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