Ex Emmerdale star Malandra Burrows says the dog ‘saved her life’ before her cancer diagnosis

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Former Emmerdale actress Malandra Burrows has been diagnosed with cancer and credits her beloved dog for saving her life. She said that he insisted on lying on her chest and snuggling up with her

Malandra Burrows with her dog Teddy, who helped her with a cancer diagnosis
Malandra Burrows with her dog Teddy, who helped her with a cancer diagnosis

Malandra Burrows was curled up on the sofa with her one-year-old border terrier, but the dog wouldn’t settle down.

Teddy then banged his head on the ex-Emmerdale star’s chest, causing her excruciating pain that she couldn’t ignore.

A month later, Malandra, 56, was diagnosed with cancer and she credits her beloved dog for saving her life.

“She insisted on lying on my chest and constantly nuzzling me,” the actress explained.

“She kept looking up at me, staring in a very strange way, then without warning she hit my head on my left chest so hard it brought tears to my eyes.”

In excruciating pain, Malandra decided to scrap her plan to watch movies on TV.

“I was in so much pain that before I went to bed, I checked for a bruise, that was the moment I felt something I never had before,” she said.

“I feel like it’s a swollen gland, which I took a beating from Teddy.”







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Malandra said she had decided to “let the weekend be less stressful” but by Sunday night the swelling was still present.

“I contacted my doctor on Monday morning to explain what had happened and since I had no symptoms I was sure it would go away on its own,” she said. “Thankfully my GP disagreed and asked me to see her immediately. This is truly the beginning of a very new journey. ”

A week after admission, a consultant told her it was most likely a cyst. However, an ultrasound and subsequent scan revealed something more sinister.

She was asked to arrive as soon as possible and was greeted by a Macmillan nurse who was present to help her cope with the news she had stage three breast cancer.

It’s been nothing short of a whirlwind since then. An operation to remove a tumor in her left breast went ahead and she now faces six grueling months of chemotherapy.

But she kept thinking back to that Friday night in front of the phone. “If it weren’t for Teddy, I would never have known about this and I truly believe she saved my life,” she said.

“She’s a really great little character, we have a strong bond and I’m so grateful to her. I even forgave her for chewing on a sun lounger. “







Claire King as Kim Tate with Malandra Burrows as Kathy in Emmerdale
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Malandra isn’t the only person whose dog has been found to have cancer. Claire Guest co-founded the charity Medical Detection Dogs after her breeder Daisy warned her she had breast cancer by refusing to get out of her car and repeatedly nudging her chest.

“I had very deep breast cancer that would have gone undetected for years if she hadn’t warned me, and my prognosis would have been very different,” she said.

Dogs have an “incredible sense of smell … think a teaspoon of sugar in two Olympic-sized swimming pools,” she said.

The charity has spent 12 years training dogs to detect a range of diseases. As well as cancer, their dogs can detect Parkinson’s disease, malaria and Covid-19.

Claire added: “One day, their noses will help scientists and medical professionals develop faster, cheaper, non-invasive diagnostic methods that could affect thousands of lives.”

As for Malandra, she said her decision to go public was made in the hope of raising awareness about the disease and for women to regularly check themselves.

The actress, who has lost friends to breast cancer, canceled a routine mammogram due to the pandemic in 2020 and believes the cancer could have been detected earlier.

She said: “There are more than 9,000 women with undiagnosed breast cancer in the UK, and what is more surprising is that 1 in 7 will develop breast cancer in their lifetime. “I want to use my experience to encourage people to get tested, check themselves regularly, see a GP. The earlier it is detected, the sooner it can be treated.”

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