A 38-year-old woman from UK coughed up a tumor a year ago and has been told that she is now free of cancer.
Claire Osborn was stunned when a 2cm lump flew out of her mouth as she was coughing. When the mother of six children took the lump to her doctor, she was told that it was an aggressive type of throat and mouth cancer called metastatic adenocarcinoma.
Doctors had initially diagnosed her with a 50 percent chance of survival and she had to undergo an operation to see if there were still cancer cells in her body. The first scan in February revealed that there were no other tumors in Osborn's body, and after a scan last week, doctors told her that she is entirely free of cancer.
"The consultant turned round to me and said, 'It appears you have coughed up your cancer. Congratulations,'" she said, according to the Daily Mail.
Osborn said that the events of the events of the last year have completely changed her outlook on life. She said at one point last year she had even started saving money for her own funeral.
"I feel like it's been a miracle. I feel I've been reborn, everything has changed. I really feel I've been given a second chance at life," she said. "I have various conditions including Asperger's and fibromyalgia but I don't sit down and mope now."
She said she used to be unsociable and get upset about small things, but her experiences in the past year have made her more sociable. "I have a social life now, I go out, I go to church and I have lots of friends. I try to raise awareness of cancer by telling people what happened to me," she said.
Osborn said that her experience has also brought her family closer together. She said that she used to think that it was only her that was suffering, but "now I can see they have suffered too, watching me go through it," she said.
Osborn is now applying to Guinness World Records because she believes she is the only person to have coughed up an entire tumor.
"I'd taken some tablets and they felt like they were sticking at the back of my throat," she said recalling the day she had her coughing fit last year.
"I coughed and something came out. I went to the GP and he sent it off to the lab where it was diagnosed as metastatic adenocarcinoma," she said. "The metastatic part means the cancer spreads from one organ to another so I'm extremely lucky. If I hadn't coughed it up it would have spread to another organ."
Her second MRI scan shows that there appeared to be no regrowth.
"It looks like I actually coughed up all of the cancer," she said. "I've got to go back in two months' time for checks but I probably won't need any more scans. The likelihood of this coming back is extremely small."