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They told me I was bed-wetting and ‘well young’ but now I’m facing the death penalty

A WOMAN says that doctors suppressed her symptoms because she appeared “young and healthy” now facing death.

Kasey Altman, 25, claims she was taken away with the treatments pile when in fact she had terminal cancer.

Kasey Altman, 25, said her symptoms were dismissed by her doctor

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Kasey Altman, 25, said her symptoms were dismissed by her doctorCredit: Caters
The 25-year-old is battling an extremely rare cancer

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The 25-year-old is battling an extremely rare cancerCredit: Caters

Kasey, from San Diego, California, USA, met with three doctors, each of whom assumed there was nothing wrong with her.

In October 2020, a fourth doctor discovered she had musculoskeletal musclea rare type of soft tissue cancer that can develop in different parts of the body.

It usually affects children – just 60 in the UK and 500 in the US each year – and has a five-year survival rate of 20%.

Kasey, who works for Google, said: “I am completely healthy, exercise daily, eat right, I am a former college athlete so I take my health very seriously.

“After that, there were tumors on my body near the anus, no one listened because I was young, healthy, and looked fine.

“The first doctor I saw didn’t examine me, she just refused to look. I walked in and said ‘this is what I think is a tumor on my body.’

“She kicked me out within two minutes and sent me on the street with a suppository that might help hemorrhoids [piles]. “

Finally, after being referred to an obstetrician and gynecologist [OBGYN] by her aunt, Kasey was closer to an answer but claims she still faces pushback.

She said: “The third doctor I went to was an OBGYN doctor, people looked at it and thought it was really weird.

“But she also assured me that for sure I was healthy and young and it couldn’t have been anything serious.

“I started to get emotional because no one heard me, and this is the third time that has happened in three weeks.

“She was reluctant but asked for a CT scan and then led to my diagnosis. So I’m grateful for that but it’s still a matter of her taking me seriously. ”

Kasey received the heartbreaking news that she had alveolar rhabdomyolysis.

Skeletal muscle sarcomas can appear anywhere on the body, causing a variety of symptoms, but are most common in the head and neck, arms and legs, and urinary and reproductive organs.

Kasey’s type usually appears on the arms or legs, chest, abdomen, genitals, or anal area.

She began planning her life around requiring chemotherapy, which runs for 10 months through September 2021.

Kasey’s soft tissue sarcoma recurred just weeks after completing chemotherapy, including a lymph node in her chest, and she could face further chemotherapy.

She is waiting to see if her current chemotherapy drug will work before potentially entering a clinical trial.

Kasey, who has also had several surgeries, said: “I think the hardest emotion to swallow is when you’re in your 20s, all you do is plan for your 30s and 40s onwards. .

“When you are told that you may not have much time left, you have to do a rotation.

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“For me, it’s trying to find my purpose in this world because I have a sense of urgency that didn’t exist before.

“There are so many innovative medical approaches and I feel honored to have an advocate parent, my mother, who is truly the smartest person in the world.

“I am now advocating for myself and taking an active role in my treatment. We are pursuing every option under the sun. ”

Kasey has now delivered TikTok to share her experience – that has become commonplace – in an effort to raise awareness of gender stereotypes in the medical field.

She said: “Honestly I didn’t know until I posted on TikTok how many people had the same story as me.”

Kasey said that a doctor told her she had "healthy and young and it can't be anything serious"

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Kasey says a doctor told her she was “healthy and young and it couldn’t be anything serious”Credit: Caters
The 25-year-old, pictured with her partner, was diagnosed in October 2020. She has had chemotherapy and her cancer has recurred several times since November 2021.

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The 25-year-old, pictured with her partner, was diagnosed in October 2020. She has had chemotherapy and her cancer has recurred several times since November 2021.Credit: Caters
Kasey shares her story on TikTok

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Kasey shares her story on TikTokCredit: Caters

Piles and Cancer: What’s the Difference?

HAEMORRHOIDS and cancer can have similar symptoms, so knowing the difference between the two is important.

Hemorrhoids, also called piles are lumps in and around your buttocks.

They are swollen veins that can become irritated and begin to bleed, hurt, or itch.

Anyone can experience hemorrhoids, but the risk tends to increase with age.

They usually go away on their own after a few days, but if you’re concerned you should contact your doctor or family doctor.

There are several symptoms of hemorrhoids that NHS outline, here it is:

  • bright red blood after you poop
  • anal itching
  • feeling like you still need to have a bowel movement after going to the bathroom
  • slimy mucus in your underwear or on toilet paper after wiping your butt
  • lumps around your anus
  • pain around your anus

Hemorrhoids are more common cancer and is the most likely explanation for rectal bleeding or pain.

The symptoms of cancer are slightly different from those of hemorrhoids, they include:

  • defecate the asphalt
  • Blood in stools
  • bleeding from the rectum
  • the feeling that a person needs to use the bathroom, does not go away after a bowel movement
  • pressure or pain in the stomach
  • fatigue or weakness
  • persistent, unexplained change in bowel habits, such as frequent diarrhea or constipation
  • Unintentional weight loss
  • nausea
I am an Irish doctor and these are the ‘red flags’ symptoms of cervical cancer

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