Ovarian Cancer: Kat Vitou's story

Kat Vitou was diagnosed with stage 3 ovarian cancer in April 2015 and referred to us for treatment.

The mother-of-two became unwell while on holiday with suspected appendicitis, but a CT scan revealed that she had two ovarian tumours.

Kat said: “I was in complete shock when I found out that I had cancer. I drove home and just held my children because there was no way I was going to leave them. I remember phoning my parents to tell them and could feel my mother drop to the floor.”

The 39-year-old was told that she needed a full hysterectomy and underwent a seven-hour operation. She said: “Meeting my surgeon, Mr Des Barton, changed my life. I love all the nurses at The Royal Marsden and my Clinical Nurse Specialist, Emily Davies, is always there for me if I have any questions or if something is worrying me – they are all amazing.”

Kat had six rounds of chemotherapy and was told that she was in remission in October. She said: “Even though this has been the scariest journey of my whole life, I’m so thankful to have met all the amazing people through this hospital. From my surgeon Mr Des Barton and consultant Dr Susana Banerjee, to the nurses and even the man in the coffee shop, they are all doing a duty and I’m so truly grateful.

"I know how scary the journey can be so I am now looking into studying holistic massage so I can volunteer services to other people who are going through cancer to try to help them feel better. It has inspired me to help others where I can."

She added: “My bloods and tumours are being used now in research to find better treatments for other woman fighting gynaecological cancers in a study led by Dr Banerjee. It is through this type of research that we can make sure our children have a better future and I know that is what everybody at The Royal Marsden is striving for.”

 

I know how scary the journey can be so I am now looking into studying holistic massage so I can volunteer services to other people who are going through cancer to try to help them feel better. It has inspired me to help others where I can.