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Bexleyheath cancer victim’s widow backs call to raise awareness of brain tumours

PUBLISHED: 15:24 25 October 2016 | UPDATED: 15:27 25 October 2016

Rachael and Nick Cotton

Rachael and Nick Cotton

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She believes better research funding could have saved her husband’s life

A Bexleyheath woman who lost her husband to a brain tumour believes better research funding could have saved his life.

Nick Cotton was just 30 when he passed away after losing his battle with cancer in less than ten months.

His widow Rachel, 33, is hoping that better awareness of this overlooked type of cancer will help to save lives.

The couple had been married for just six months when Nick was diagnosed with an anaplastic oligodendroglioma brain tumour.

“It was a massive shock,” Rachael said. “He started getting headaches. We went to the GP and they gave him antidepressants and pain killers.

“He had really bad headaches for about two weeks – worse than normal, everyday headaches.

“After his diagnosis it happened so quickly – he got double vision and lost the use of the left side of his body.”

A new report by Brain Tumour Research reveals brain tumours kill more children and adults under the age of 40 than any other cancer – yet they receive just one per cent of national cancer expenditure.

“We just tried to live as normal a life as we could,” Rachel said. “We knew it was always going to come to an end but we tried to do the most we could with the time we had.”

The Nick Cotton Foundation was set up by Rachael following her husband’s death and has now raised more than £50,000 to help others suffering from the devastating condition.

“If more money was available then more treatments would be available,” she explained. “There are so many different types and the treatment is all generic.

“With better funding they could work on the different types rather than everyone getting the same treatment.”


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