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Girl, 11, diagnosed with inoperable brain tumour following 'strange' symptom on walk home

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Cancer symptoms vary depending on the part of the body affected and acting on the warning signs can improve survival outcomes or prolong quality of life. A 11-year-old girl from Blackpool has shared the first warning sign of a brain tumour she experienced. A brain tumour is a growth of cells in the brain that multiplies in an abnormal, uncontrollable way.

Tegan Josie was diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumour after suffering a “strange episode” on her walk home from Brownies.

Tegan realised she was unable to see out of her left eye while walking home with her mum. Once they arrived, Tegan’s mum, Jane, did some tests before rushing her to the NHS walk-in centre.

A doctor did some tests and thought Tegan was suffering from migraines but Jane insisted her daughter was sent for an MRI scan immediately.

Having lost both her sister and her brother to glioblastoma multiforme (GBM) brain tumours in their thirties, Jane was not prepared to take any chances on Tegan. She was diagnosed with an inoperable low-grade prolactinoma aged 11.

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Tegan, who is now 23-years-old, said to Lancs Live: “I suddenly realised that I couldn’t see out of my left eye. When we got home, Mum did some visual field tests on me and when she realised there was a problem with my vision, she took me to the NHS walk-in centre.”

She recalled: “Both my aunt and uncle had the genetic syndrome neurofibromatosis type 1 (NF1), meaning they were predisposed to develop multiple tumours in the brain, and Mum was worried that I may have had the same condition.”

After being sent to Blackpool Victoria Hospital, an MRI scan confirmed Tegan had a 3cm pituitary tumour pressing on her optic nerve.

Within a couple of days, she was in Manchester Children’s Hospital, where she would spend the next three months undergoing treatment.

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She was put on the dopamine agonist cabergoline, which worked to shrink the tumour and was told that had it been any bigger, she would’ve needed a craniotomy.

Tegan said: “Dodging surgery was a blessing but I still had a rough ride, which is why I had to stay in hospital for so long. I would get bad headaches and needed to be monitored with regular scans.

“My thyroid wasn’t responding well and I had excess fluid on my brain. My hospital stay came at a particularly difficult time for me academically. I was in year 6; my final year of primary. It meant that I missed out on a lot of the transition phase that prepares you for secondary school.”

In and out of hospital on crunches, Tegan had a tough time at secondary school, yet still managed to get GCSEs in all subjects apart from my maths – she had to miss her exam due to being in hospital.

Her health has continued to deteriorate over the years and basic daily activities can be a real struggle. She remains unable to stand for long periods of time and migraine attacks can throw her off small tasks, leaving her exhausted and shaken up.

Despite her setbacks, Tegan remains courageous, inspiring others to come forward by using her large social media following on platforms including Instagram, Twitter, Twitch and TikTok to help raise awareness of brain tumours.

Tegan is not alone. A case study provided by The Brain Tumour Charity also details the daily impact a brain tumour can have on a child’s life.

Noah Wiseman, who was seven-years-old at the time, had a headache when he and his family were on holiday in Norfolk for Halloween in 2019.

He didn’t usually have headaches so his mum Lucy gave him some children’s paracetamol and, thinking that maybe he was dehydrated, didn’t think anything else of it.

A couple of days later, Noah had another headache and, over the next three weeks, the headaches were increasingly regular and happening every couple of days.

Lucy took Noah to the GP who said she could find nothing wrong but that she would contact Addenbrookes Hospital for further advice.

Three weeks and a CT scan later, it was revealed that Noah had a mass on his brain which was later diagnosed as an ependymoma.

Ependymoma is a type of tumor that can form in the brain or spinal cord.

Other symptoms of a brain tumour include:

Seizures (fits)

  • Persistently feeling sick (nausea), being sick (vomiting) and drowsiness
  • Mental or behavioural changes, such as memory problems or changes in personality
  • Progressive weakness or paralysis on one side of the body
  • Vision or speech problems.



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Ruud van Nistelrooy makes next job decision as Man Utd plan coaching appointment

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That decision failed to pay off, however, with the Red Devils sacking Moyes after just 10 months in charge.

After the current West Ham boss came Van Gaal, who arrived with big things expected due to his past success at the likes of Barcelona and Ajax.

Giggs was hoping to get the Red Devils job himself, which was why he stayed, but both ended up leaving nearly six years ago.

When Jose Mourinho took over, he opted to maintain his close relationship with Rui Faria – who had previously worked under him at clubs such as Real Madrid and Chelsea.

Fair departed in the summer of 2018, though, with Michael Carrick then given a place on Mourinho’s bench.

Carrick stayed to work under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, with the Norwegian also regularly picking up the thoughts of Phelan and Kieran McKenna throughout his spell in the dugout.

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High cholesterol: Blood pressure drug linked to significant reduction in good cholesterol

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“Though they’re commonly used to treat different forms of heart disease, beta-blockers can significantly reduce HDL levels.”

Among the beta-blockers that cause this are Corgard (nadolol), Inderal (propranolol), Tenormin (atenolol), Zebeta (bisoprolol).

These drugs are widely used in the treatment of angina, heart failure, atrial fibrillation, heart attack and high blood pressure.

But despite concerns about their effect on cholesterol, scientists stress that the benefits of beta-blockers far outweigh the risks.

VeryWell Health adds: “If your beta-blocker affects your cholesterol significantly, your doctor may lower your dose or switch you to a different medication.”



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Max Verstappen and Sergio Perez not on same page over Saudi Arabia GP after missile attack

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However, after a four-hour meeting between race officials and the teams, it was confirmed the race would go ahead despite the attack. It had been reported that a number of the competing drivers were concerned for their safety following the nearby explosion.

Despite this, an agreement was finally reached to race at 2:30am local time, after team chiefs left the lengthy meeting to confirm: “We will be racing.” A statement from Formula 1 confirmed Sunday’s race would go ahead as planned. It read: “Formula 1 has been in close contact with the relevant authorities following the situation that took place today. The authorities have confirmed that the event can continue as planned and we will remain in close contact with them and all the teams and closely monitor the situation.”

Unsurprisingly, there were a number of mixed views on whether the race should go ahead, and this is clearly apparent in the Red Bull setup. This comes after advisor Helmut Marko revealed that drivers Verstappen and Perez are not on the same page when it comes to racing.

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On the issue, Marko told Sky Germany: “Max is a bit more relaxed about it. Perez is a little bit scared, but when you live in Mexico City there’s not much more security. We have the pandemic, we have the war in Europe and now we have a missile attack 20 kilometres away. This is no longer normal or pleasant.”

Ahead of tomorrow’s race though, the Austrian advisor is firmly on the side of Verstappen and the race officials, supporting the idea of the race taking place. He commented: “I really think it’s the right thing to do. As I said, these drone attacks are common, I think. They have a very good defence system. Why this one didn’t work remains to be seen. It’s not the first drone, after all. But it’s the first one to strike on such a scale.”

The attack took place during Friday’s first practice session, and it was Red Bull’s star man Verstappen who was one of the first to realise something was wrong after reporting on his team radio that he could ‘smell burning’. Initially, the Dutchman thought the smell was coming from either his or one of his rival’s cars, however it then became clear that an explosion had taken place just a few miles from the track.

Giving an insight into Verstappen’s initial worries, Marko said: “Max radioed us, he thought his car had caught fire because there was an intense burning smell. We were informed a drone had been sent from Yemen. The Saudis have a defence system and for some reason the drone was not intercepted.”



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