A father and daughter are both battling cancer at the same time, with the daughter having breast cancer and father battling kidney cancer.

Jessica Duffield, 22, has been forced to put her studies on hold after she was diagnosed with breast cancer for a second time in three years while her dad fights kidney cancer.

The 22-year-old was just 19 when she was first diagnosed with the condition and underwent chemotherapy.

But last year, she received the terrifying news that the cancer had returned and she has now been having radiotherapy.

As a result, Jessica, who studies food manufacturing at Chester University, has had to defer her third year.


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Her dad Keith Duffield was diagnosed with kidney cancer after medics found a tumour on his spine.

Jessica, from Newcastle, told Stoke on Trent Live : “I had a CT scan last February and nothing was picked up. My oncologist then looked at it in August, spotted abnormalities, and booked me in for another CT scan.

"I was looking at the symptoms online and feeling anxious. A few weeks later, they told me I had secondary breast cancer.

“The cancer had come back, so I had to have radiotherapy and I didn't get to graduate with my class.

"I will always have this cancer but, hopefully, I won’t die anytime soon. I’m more likely to die getting hit by a bus.

“You can’t really sit there feeling sorry for yourself. You wouldn't get anywhere.”


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Keith recalled how he went to hospital with a slipped disc, only to be diagnosed with the kidney cancer.

The 54-year-old, from Chesterton, said: “I was having severe back pain – it was excruciating. I hadn’t slept properly for months and was struggling to move.

"I was told it was probably a vitamin D deficiency, so my GP gave me vitamin D pills, but the pain was still there. It was not until my family went with me to the GP and insisted I had a scan that I was put on the waiting list."  

He added: “We’ve been really unlucky. At the time, the prognosis wasn't good, so I was thinking how much should I tell Jessica. I felt guilty for being in that position and for what it was doing to other people around me.

“The cancer doesn't seem to be spreading anywhere else, so I just want to keep going for decades. However, the statistics aren't in my favour.”

Jessica's cousin Hannah Seabridge organised a gig at Knutton Ex-Servicemen’s Club on Saturday to raise money for Jessica to have her dream holiday to Disneyland.

Hannah, who cried for a week after being told Jessica’s cancer had returned, said: “When Jessica first had breast cancer, she had chemotherapy and was really poorly. All her hair and eyelashes went.

"When she was diagnosed, I thought 'oh my God, she is going to have to go through that again'. It’s heartbreaking and I would not wish it on my worst enemy.

“She has been unbelievably strong, and her mum and dad have been strong supporting her. We spend as much time together as we can because we realise life is too short. You don’t know what’s around the corner.”

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