Former Hollyoaks star Abi Phillips opens up about cancer diagnosis

Hollyoaks star Abi Phillips at the British Soap Awards 2012

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Previous holly star Abi Phillips has opened up about your diagnosis of thyroid cancer.

The Liberty Savage actress shared last month that she had been diagnosed with the condition, revealing at the time that she had initially been turned away from doctors after finding two lumps in her neck.

In a new interview with Fabulousexplained, “I got to the appointment and the woman basically said, ‘I’m sure it’s nothing, your body is probably just getting over something, you probably have a cold.

“She said she had a lot of people come in with tonsillitis and I’m young and to give it a few months and if it’s still there then come back.”

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Abi recalled, “I was like, ‘To hell with that, I’m not waiting.’ I’m not one of those people who can sit around with a bulge.”

“I looked into booking private. Keep in mind I’m a musician, for the last two years I haven’t really been able to work, so it’s not like I have loads of money lying around. I couldn’t afford to go private. But I did it for my peace of mind.” Because of my mental health, I couldn’t sit still knowing I had a lump in my neck.”

After seeing a consultant, who took it more seriously, the actress recalled after getting some tests done, “He basically sat me down and told me we were looking at cancer.

“He referred me back to the NHS to see a really amazing head and neck and thyroid surgeon and I ended up going to that appointment with him. He sat me down and this was the next horrible part because he said ‘You have cancer.'” ‘ and we’re not sure which one it is.

“At this point, I’m freaking out. They basically sent me for a lot of blood tests, I think they took about 10 bottles of blood. They were pretty sure it was thyroid cancer.”

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She added: “I wasn’t crying but my eyes were dripping everywhere. It was really weird. I couldn’t really think, I was devastated. I really couldn’t believe it.”

Abi admitted that the thought of death “absolutely” crossed her mind, noting: “I think it’s human nature to think those things. When you hear the C-word, you automatically think the worst. They tell you you’re young, but it doesn’t matter.” Personally, I believe that cancer does not discriminate against anyone and you can get it no matter how old you are.”

Abi went on to reveal that she found out she had the less complicated form of two thyroid cancers, saying: “It hadn’t spread throughout my body and was only in my thyroid gland and two lymph nodes in my neck at this point.

“We were celebrating, which I said was really weird. Celebrating that you have a certain type of cancer is crazy to me.”

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The star underwent a five-hour operation last Monday to remove his thyroid gland and lymph nodes, admitting the consequences were “excruciating” and he will likely have to drink a radioactive drink to kill the other cancer cells.

Abi also admitted that there was a possibility that more cancer cells could be found later on, adding, “I mean, there is a possibility. It scares me a little bit, but I feel like it affects me more mentally with other things as well.” “

He said he could see a therapist to mentally process what’s going on and also revealed that he had been in contact with island of love Demi Jones starwhose advice to check for unusual lumps prompted her to seek out a specialist in the first place.

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Encouraging people to get unusual lumps checked, Abi said: “If you have a lump of some kind and you don’t have any other symptoms, get it checked out. Don’t let anyone tell you you’re too young.”

“It’s scary and no you don’t want to hear that [C] word, but it’s better to hear it and be able to do something about it, rather than hear it later and it would be too late.

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