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My daughter was given antibiotics for a ‘toothache’, now she’s facing a rare killer

For months, Natalie Blandford was told she was suffering from a toothache.

The pain was so intense that she went to the doctor and dentist, but each time she was prescribed antibiotics to treat the infection.

Natalie Blandford has incurable stage 4 cancer in her sinuses, eyes, nose and upper mouth

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Natalie Blandford has incurable stage 4 cancer in her sinuses, eyes, nose and upper mouthCredit: Gill Blandford
The tumor had grown to the point of growing near her eyes

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The tumor had grown to the point of growing near her eyesCredit: Gill Blandford

For months, many experts missed the growing tumor on Natalie’s face, despite taking an X-ray that her family said was clearly visible.

Now, a year after first complaining of pain and trying to see a doctor, she is facing an extremely rare cancer – stage 4 sinus carcinoma – that cannot be cured.

The 39-year-old woman first started experiencing severe pain in her mouth in January 2021.

The medics assumed she had an infection and continued to give her antibiotics, as the tumor grew.

Within months, it had spread to her mouth, sinuses, eyes, and upper nose and was unable to function.

Her mother, Gill, said: “I think it’s scary right now, so many people have been arrested, and for him [the dentist] didn’t notice.

“All just toothache. If it had been caught earlier, they might have tried to cut it off.

“But if they tried now they said she would lose her eyes, the upper part of her mouth.”

The former NHS worker, 63, is furious it has been missed, and her daughter has endured months of pain and treatment.

She said: “She was amazing, it was so wrong that it went back to January.

“She had a phone call with the doctor and they said you need to see the dentist.

“She couldn’t get one because of CovidIt took quite a while – but she finally got to the dentist in June.

“He said she needed an X-ray and said she needed to have four teeth extracted.

“We looked at an X-ray copy, and we could see the tumor – how he couldn’t see it I don’t know.

“Another doctor then took a biopsy of the tooth. So this was from January to September, before anyone did anything for her.”

Nasal and sinus cancer is a rare type of cancer that affects the nasal cavity and sinuses.

Gill, 63, takes Natalie to her fatigue treatment at Addenbrookes Hospital every three weeks – a long drive from her home near Downham Market, Norfolk.

Natalie and her partner Connie, who got married late last year, stayed during chemotherapy after traveling from the Isle of Wight.

FINAL Wish

The former bus driver has one wish as she battles incurable cancer – to watch her beloved West Ham United play.

She has been a loyal follower of the club since she was 5 years old, but has never come to see them play in person.

Her family was established Go Fund Me page raised enough money so Natalie could see her team, but from the safety of a sealed box, as her immune system was compromised.

Anne, Natalie’s cousin, said: “Nat is currently on chemotherapy to give her more time. When the chemotherapy stops, all will thrive again.

“Nat is fortunate to be able to marry the love of her life at the end of December, but she has one more wish – she wants to watch West Ham United play.

“So here we are, seeing if we can raise the money ourselves. We want to make Natalie’s wish come true.”

Amazingly, in less than a week, with enough money raised to safely get Natalie to football, Anne excitedly told sponsors “you all helped lift her up. it up”.

The most common symptoms of Nose and sinus cancer We:

  • Nasal congestion does not go away and usually affects only one side.
  • epistaxis
  • decreased sense of smell
  • mucus coming out of your nose – there may be blood
  • mucus draining from the back of your nose and throat

In later stages, symptoms may include:

  • pain or numbness in the face, especially in the upper cheek, that does not go away
  • swollen lymph nodes in the neck
  • partial loss of vision or double vision
  • goggle
  • Watery eyes don’t go away
  • pain or pressure in one ear
  • a lump that is persistent or growing on your face, nose, or roof of your mouth
Natalie and her mother Gill, who she stayed with during her treatment

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Natalie and her mother Gill, who she stayed with during her treatmentCredit: Gill Blandford
Natalie married her longtime partner, Connie, last month

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Natalie married her longtime partner, Connie, last monthCredit: Gill Blandford

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