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Gwynedd woman says she is being denied crucial scan because of where she lives

Nikki Pinhorn has already overcome bowel cancer once.

A woman from Gwynedd living with suspected bowel cancer says she's being denied a potentially lifesaving PET scan because of where she lives.

Nikki Pinhorn has already beaten bowel cancer once but now has another tumour. She says Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board are denying her a PET scan which would show whether some of her cells are still cancerous.

Not knowing takes away all your enjoyment of your time now.

– Nikki Pinhorn
Nikki and her family have been waiting to find out if the cancer is back.

Despite her consultant and GP having both referred her for a scan, there is currently only one PET scanner available at Wrexham Maelor Hospital. Nikki says she's being denied the proper care because of where she lives as the PET scanner in north Wales is only available for a few days each month.

Cancer campaigners Tenovus Cancer Care told ITV Wales News there are "massive regional differences into what treatments you can access across Wales". They said PET scans are just one example of that.

It's the first thing I think of when I wake up, regardless of the time, and it's the last thing I think about when I go to bed. It's everything - it's life right now.

– Nikki Pinhorn

In a statement, Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board said there are other avenues available to patients seeking a PET scan. They said they could not comment on Nikki's individual case.

Due to patient confidentiality, we are unable to share specific details about this patient’s treatment. Where patients do not meet the clinical criteria for a particular service, which is set on an all-Wales basis, they can apply for treatment through the Individual Patient Funding Requests (IPFR) process.

– Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board

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