JODIE Marsh says her mum was sent home from hospital to "die from cancer" because of coronavirus.
The former glamour model, 41, said her mum Kristina was "turfed out" from the hospital despite having "the most aggressive growing cancer her consultant had ever seen".
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Charity Balls To Cancer – which raises awareness of cancers affecting men – tweeted: "We cannot say it enough. THE NHS IS OPEN please do not sit at home with any cancer symptoms, get to speak to your doctor or visit A & E.
"The figures in cancer diagnosis are drastically down. Please remember lives are saved by early detection! Please RT"
However, Jodie replied: "Not quite true. My mum was basically turfed out of hospital and told “come back in 8 weeks” even though she has the most aggressive growing cancer her consultant had ever seen.
"Thrown out of hospital because of Covid. No treatment. She’s dying at home. No word from hospital"
Fans flooded the comments with similar stories, with one person saying: "Sadly same happened to my mother, found out she had a brain tumour beginning of March they couldn’t get her out quick enough, she was sent home to die which sadly she did, 5 weeks from being diagnosed. Doctors terrible keeping us updated when she was in hospital."
Another added: "Jodie I'm so sorry to hear this. I've seen this so many times over the last 8 weeks and some awful situations in my job (hospice nurse and district nursing). I really hope things improve for you all. Sending best wishes x"
This comes as leading oncologist Professor Karol Sikora claimed cutbacks to cancer treatment amid the coronavirus pandemic would be a "death sentence" for many patients.
Last month he claimed that in years to come there could be an extra 50,000 deaths if the coronavirus lockdown continues to put a strain on cancer services.
Earlier this month, it was revealed urgent referrals for cancer treatment plummeted 62 per cent during the lockdown – leading officials to urge people to see their GP asap if they spot symptoms.
During a meeting for the Health and Social Care Select Committee, national cancer director for NHS England, Dame Cally Palmer said chemotherapy treatments have dropped and warned two-week referrals were down by 62 per cent.
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"We had just under 15,000 people booked for an appointment but that is a 62 per cent reduction and clearly it's very important we address that because early detection is vital for increased survival," she told MPs.
"Broadly, chemotherapy appointments are running at about 70 per cent of normal levels and the reason for that, and we think we can set them back very quickly because, of course, is they use different facilities and workforce broadly from surgery and the other resources required to respond to Covid-19", she added.
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