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Terminally ill woman who raised thousands for NHS can no longer get life-extending NHS treatment

A terminally ill woman who raised tens of thousands of pounds for Addenbrooke's now needs help ..

By admin , in Cambridge , at April 11, 2018

A terminally ill woman who raised tens of thousands of pounds for Addenbrooke's now needs help to pay for life-extending treatment no longer available on the NHS.

Since 2017, 28-year-old Samantha Isaacson has worked tirelessly to organise multiple charity football matches as an incredible thank you effort to staff who treated her at Addenbrooke's oncology department.

After being diagnosed with bowel cancer three years ago she has undergone over 50 rounds of chemotherapy and has now come to the end of her NHS treatment options.

Her last hope is to raise £25,000 for Selective Internal Radiation Therapy (SIRT), which uses tiny radioactive beads to shrink inoperable tumours.

Her family will now have to pay for the treatment privately after it was pulled from Addenbrooke's treatment options last March following a three-year trial period.

The clinical and cost effectiveness of SIRT is still being evaluated by the NHS England clinical panel.

Arsenal fan Sam has raised nearly £40,000 for the NHS with her charity matches.

Her mum said the treatment, which could extend Sam's life for up to a year, had been "working so well" for other patients and it was "such a shame" it was no longer available.

She added that she remains hopeful the family could raise the money, and reflected that there are "many people in a similar situation".

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Sam, a special needs school behaviour support manager, who won the New's Young Achiever award last September, was initially admitted to the hospital in March 2015 with suspected gallstones and bad flu-like symptoms.

She was given just three years to live after further tests revealed cancerous lesions on her liver, which originated in her bowel.

After giving so much to other people, mum Sue says this the last chance to extend her "fun loving" daughter's life.

Sam (left) with her mum Sue (bottom right) and friends.

Writing on her GoFundMe page, Sue said: "Sams cancer is starting to win the battle and treatment options are coming to an end.

"The only way to extend her life now is for Selective Internal Radiation Therapy, it is not available on the NHS, so we desperately need to raise £25,000 towards the cost of the treatment.

"Whilst it isnt going to cure her, results from trials show it could give Sam, on average, another eight months to live and is her only hope.

Samantha Isaacson, (centre) has raised nearly £40,000 for the cancer ward that treats her.

"There are no words to describe the emotions of knowing your daughters life will be stolen from you, her brothers, family and friends who love her so very much.

"Anyone who knows Sam will tell you about a kind, passionate and fun loving young woman who fills the room with laughter.

"Sam never asks for anything, never complains and spends much of her time thinking of and helping others.

Teams celebrating the first Kick Cancer Cup in 2015 (Image: Kick Cancer Cup website)

"She works at a special needs school and with her lifelong passion for football has been a football coach for girls teams in our local community, a Cambs FA Young Leader and a referee."

Sam's condition has not stopped her living life to the max and hundreds have also turned out to watch her #KickCancerCup matches at Histon Football Club, which have raised over £38,000 since 2015.

She is a lifelong football and Arsenal fan and S-tech Women's League captain for the Fulbourn Institute Bluebirds.

Living Sport Awards Jonnie Peacock Award From Left Finalist Elizabeth Bennett Winner Samantha Isaacson Linda Peacock on behalf of Jonnie Peacock and Finalist Beth Hart Picture: Richard Patterson

While she has been knocked back with the chemotherapy, she has always lived a life of "two-halves" by getting back on her feet again to continue her fundraising efforts.

So far the family have raised £12,545 of £25,000 goal in just two days.

Her mum continued: "Now the struggle is really intensifying as the cancer is becoming aggressive and unresponsive to chemotherapy treatment.

Her mum Sue says "Sam never asks for anything, never complains and spends much of her time thinking of and helping others."

"Sam gives so much to everyone every single day and now she desperately needs our help to raise the money for her treatment, so she can finally be free of chemotherapy and the awful side effects and to spend the time she has left with family and friends making as many happy memories as possible.

"We are hoping you can help us to grab every chance we can at giving Sam more time to be with those who love her so very much."

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If the funding goal is achieved Sam will undergo treatment at Addenbrooke's where staff are still skilled in the use of the treatment.

You can donate to Sam's GoFundMe here.

Learn more about her #kickcancercup charity here.

Anyone interested in finding out how they can support the hospitals should contact Addenbrookes Charitable Trust on 01223 217757 or email [email protected]

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