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Treatment shrinks woman's tumour

Stephanie Chouette
Stephanie Chouette's treatment was funded through donations

A cancer patient from Devon who went to Germany for treatment has been told by doctors her liver tumour has shrunk.

Stephanie Chouette, 35, from Plymstock is suffering from breast cancer which has spread to her liver and lungs.

The initial treatment at a clinic in Frankfurt was funded through donations and she has been told her tumour has shrunk by up to 20%.

Each course of treatment costs 3,500 and her partner said they needed to raise money to cover more treatment.

Ms Chouette travelled to Germany after another Plymouth cancer sufferer, Debbie Brewer, contacted her to say her lung cancer had gone into remission following treatment there.

She has undergone a process known as chemoperfusion, which introduces chemotherapy drugs directly to the tumour area.

Last year, Ms Chouette won an appeal for Plymouth NHS Trust to pay for the drug Avastin after she was originally told she would have to pay for it herself.

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