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Cancer sufferer given months to live defies diagnosis to survive 'against all odds'; Amelia Page is receiving a pioneering form of treatment to tackle disease.

Byline: walesonline

A former teaching assistant, who is one of only three people in the UK receiving a pioneering treatment for terminal cancer, claims she is surviving against all odds.

Amelia Page was diagnosed with the condition in January shortly after celebrating her 30th birthday.

She had been living in Dubai and was visiting her family in Anglesey for Christmas when test results came through from her doctor in the United Arab Emirates.

They revealed she had ovarian cancer, but that was secondary to the primary disease in her stomach. That had spread to her bowel, pelvis and kidneys.

She was given months to live, and was not expected to meet her niece who was due to arrive in May.

But Amelia, who is one of three people in the UK undergoing a trial for PIPAC - Pressurized IntraPeritoneal Aerosol Chemotherapy - says the tumours are understood to be shrinking.

The treatment is being given alongside regular chemotherapy she is receiving atYsbyty Gwynedd hospital in Bangor.

Amelia toldNorth Wales Live: "Everything seems to be going really well, which is a little bit different what what I was originally told.

"I've been to Cardiff for trials for a pioneering treatment called PIPAC, which works a bit like killing a bug with spray, it's really clever.

"Chemotherapy goes through your bloodstream but with this, they spray the cancer with an aerosol through keyhole surgery.

"They've been taking images of my insides and you can see the difference from when I first started to now. My ovaries are less swollen and the cancer has shrunk in size."

She said it is unclear at the moment whether the cancer is still terminal, but says "everything is going in the right direction".

"I'm not as riddled with it now as I was when I was first diagnosed," she added.

"They're really pleased with how it's going and they said because I'm responding so well to it that I can keep going with it.

"There is no end date at the moment. It all depends on so many different factors.

"But if it keeps going the way it's going now, the cancer will continue to get smaller and hopefully, they'll be able to remove what's left."

Weeks after her diagnosis, Amelia's boyfriendLuke Skinnader proposed on Llanddona beach in Anglesey .

The pair, who originally had plans to tie the knot in Vegas, will marry in Donegal in Ireland in September.

"We've decided to have a small wedding in Donegal in Ireland where Luke is from, and then we'll go to Dubai and celebrate there," she said.

"We're so excited for the wedding, I just can't wait to become his wife. It will be good fun."

She added: "For now, I am just living my best life.

"I was really busy in Dubai, I had a full time job, I did some other stuff part time, I was always in the gym - I had such a busy life.

"Now, my whole perspective on life has totally changed.

"I'm so laid back and I've learnt that I don't need to be busy all the time to be successful and happy. I don't put as much pressure on myself anymore, I just do what makes me feel good.

"Now, I feel like I've accomplished something in the day if I've just seen my family, spent time with Luke or just walked the dog."

Following her diagnosis, almost [pounds sterling]60,000 was raised through a Go Fund Me page set up by her younger sister, Lucy Page, to support Amelia through treatment.

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"At first I was against Lucy raising money, but looking back, I'm so grateful she did," Amelia added.

"My sisters, Lucy and Daisy, and Luke have been my backbone throughout all of this. The amount of support I get on a daily basis is more than anyone could wish for, it's been so overwhelming.

"I'm so lucky and I'd never got through it without them."

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Amelia Page and her partner, Luke Skinnader

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Amelia is one of three people in the UK undergoing a trail for PIPAC - promising pioneering cancer treatment which is understood to be shrinking the cancer

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Amelia Page was not expected to meet her niece who was born in May after being given a terminal cancer diagnosis in January

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Boyfriend of terminally ill Amelia Page asks her to marry him

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Amelia and fiance Luke Skinnader (right) with friends Grace and Brian Nolan who visited Amelia from Dubai following her diagnosis
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Date:Jun 21, 2019
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