Hundred-year-old woman beats breast cancer

A 100-year-old woman has been told her breast cancer has not returned a year on after she underwent surgery.

A 100-year-old woman has been told her breast cancer has not returned a year on after she underwent surgery.

Dorothy Affleck, from Hyde, Greater Manchester, is thought to be one of the oldest patients in the world to undergo breast surgery.

The retired hairdresser received the good news from Mr Pardeep Arora, the medic who treated her at Tameside Hospital.

She had to undergo a two-hour operation under local anaesthetic to remove a tumour instead of the more commonly used general anaesthetic because of her age.

Mrs Affleck said: “”When I was told ’you’ve got cancer’, I couldn’t believe it. I was horrified but Mr Arora was absolutely marvellous. After the operation he visited me every day. I used to give him a big hug.

“I think it is unique because I came through it at that age. I was 99-and-a-half and people didn’t think they should operate at that age. But Mr Arora did and he and the whole hospital looked after me. If I’d gone private and paid a thousand pounds a week I couldn’t have had better treatment.

“The hospital’s spotlessly clean, the food was good, the attention was good, and they made sure I had my wash every morning because I couldn’t help myself.

“The nurses and the doctors work very hard. They made everything easy for me. I’d give 100 per cent for Tameside and they deserve it. Everything was perfect.”

Mr Arora said: “Mrs Affleck is a wonderful and inspiring woman and I am personally very pleased that we achieved the best possible outcome.

“Here at Tameside Hospital we have a very patient-focussed approach. Every patient is treated with utmost dignity and respect. Their views and values are considered at all stages of treatment.

“Sometimes age can have a bearing on the suitability of surgery as the primary treatment but we look at the physical ability of each patient rather than absolute age when discussing treatment options.

“Like any other centre of excellence we are always pushing the boundaries to provide the best for our patients.

“It is important to point out that the decision to operate on Mrs Affleck was not taken lightly.

“We have a robust and highly qualified team of experts which examine all the treatment options for every patient. Every suspected case of anything serious is thoroughly discussed. We also liaise with a regional unit for potentially difficult case scenarios.”

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