The Untold Stories

With this page we hope to shine a light on the untold stories of those people who have recently lost their fight against cancer because of delayed diagnosis. These devastating stories all too often get buried under countless other news headlines about the disease. So we are on a mission to raise awareness about the fatal impact delayed cancer diagnosis can have. We must fight to stop delayed cancer diagnosis becoming the new normal.



20 January 2021

Smear test ‘too late’ for mum who died from cancer

20 January 2021

Coronavirus lockdown ‘a blessing’ for Warwickshire couple after cancer shock

8 January 2021

Coronavirus: Belfast Trust cancels urgent cancer surgeries



2 January 2021

Woman told “eat yoghurts” by doctor who thought ovarian cancer was gluten intolerance

2 January 2021

Keisha Pile-Gray: Our devastation as daughter Aurora suffers severe cancer relapse

1 January 2021

Prince Charles warns cancer at risk of becoming ‘forgotten C’ in Covid pandemic

31 December 2020

‘IT’S HARD’ Linda Nolan ‘sobs into a cushion’ as third cancer battle ‘has hit her the hardest’


31 December 2020

Teenager told she has five years to live after terminal cancer diagnosis

31 December 2020

Kippford man diagnosed with incurable cancer brings in 2021 following remarkable battle

30 December 2020

‘Inspiring’ Bury OBE recipient and charity founder dies after 22-year cancer battle – a day before her 45th wedding anniversary

24 December 2020

Kay Purcell dead – Emmerdale and Tracy Beaker star dies at 57 of inoperable cancer


24 December 2020

‘Patients are arriving too late’: Italy’s cancer sufferers count cost of Covid

24 December 2020

St. Albert couple pleads for residents to be responsible this season

17 December 2020

Ombudsman investigating North Wales health board after cancer patient left waiting months for urgent treatment

14 December 2020

‘Devastated’ Dad-of-two, 27, dies of cancer after begging for MRI scan delayed by Covid crisis as widow tells of agony


14 December 2020

COVID-19: Father-of-two dies of cancer after MRI scan ‘delayed’ by coronavirus crisis 

29 November 2020

Young woman dies of cervical cancer after being dismissed by doctor 15 times

26 November 2020

Young mum given 6 months to live after lockdown ‘made her miss 3 crucial appointments’

25 November 2020

I lost my daughter to cancer after doctors failed to spot her symptoms

18 November 2020

‘Superhero’ grandad dies of cancer after pandemic delayed diagnosis

15 November 2020

Terminally-ill bowel cancer patient sues over delayed diagnosis, which has resulted in missed opportunities for treatment 

12 November 2020

Tánaiste expresses ‘deep sorrow’ to women affected by delayed diagnosis of endometrial cancer

9 November 2020

Waited over a year for cancer diagnosis at LUH

9 November 2020

Bowel cancer patient, 50, whose disease returned after a routine hospital check-up

6 November 2020

Delayed appointment and scan has caused the late diagnosis of a rare ‘killer’ cancer for a 57 year old mum

4 November 2020

Mortality due to cancer treatment delay: systematic review and meta-analysis 


29 October 2020

Coronavirus: 50,000 cases of cancer left undiagnosed due to Covid disruption, research shows

29 October 2020

Covid cancer delays: Middlesbrough dad’s ‘hell’ over daughter’s treatment

28 October 2020

Gym teacher diagnosed with cancer at 22 urges young people to get symptoms checked

8 October 2020

Mother was refused an appointment for her cough – which later turned out to be terminal cancer

7 October 2020

Matt Hancock warns cancer patients will only be guaranteed treatment if Covid-19 stays ‘under control’ 

22 September 2020

Delay in Cancer Screening and Diagnosis During the COVID-19 Pandemic: What is the Cost?

23 August 2020

A mother with stage three colon cancer felt “lost” waiting for news after a procedure to diagnose her illness was delayed due to the pandemic.

3 August 2020

Cancer diagnostic delay in the COVID-19 era: what happens next? 

6 July 2020

Viewers react as Panorama airs story of young mum who died from cancer after treatment was delayed due to coronavirus



9 June 2020

Man ‘fighting for life’ after Covid-19 crisis delays NHS cancer scan