MP backs Manor Park woman with ovarian cancer campaigning for change

PUBLISHED: 09:00 03 December 2016 | UPDATED: 10:08 05 December 2016

Cathay Boyle and Stephen Timms campaigning together

Cathay Boyle and Stephen Timms campaigning together


A woman with ovarian cancer has teamed up with Stephen Timms to campaign for better awareness of the disease in parliament.

Cathay Boyle, who lives in Manor Park, joined the East Ham MP at Westminster last week to call for more support for women with ovarian cancer across the UK.

The 51-year-old was diagnosed with ovarian cancer in 2014 and said she wanted to ask “government and health bodies to invest in ovarian cancer care and support”.

She said: “I have been through the system and received surgery and chemotherapy after my diagnosis.

“It is so important that the 25,000 women living with ovarian cancer in the UK all feel counted, and receive the best care and access to new treatments.”

Ovarian cancer is the deadliest of all the gynaecological cancers, with 15 per cent of women dying within two months of being diagnosed, and only a third of women surviving 10 years after their diagnosis.

Ovarian cancer charity Target Ovarian Cancer is calling on the government for more funds after its state-of-the-nation Pathfinder study found women with ovarian cancer lacking in vital support at every turn, from diagnostic tests to access to nurses.

East Ham MP Stephen Timms said: “I’m really pleased to be here to ensure that all women with ovarian cancer get the care, support and new treatments that are needed, so that women’s lives are transformed, now and in future.”

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