Well known UK actress Olivia Williams has been diagnosed with a functioning pancreatic NET called a VIPoma. She played Bruce Willis’ wife in the blockbuster Sixth Sense in 1999. She is also known for her roles in TV dramas such as ITV’s The Halcyon and American science fiction thriller series Counterpart. And she was on the set in California when her biopsy result came though confirming the pNET. The doctors, who I believe were from Cedars Sinai even said “It’s not pancreatic cancer, it might be a neuroendocrine tumour”. She finally got surgery in Kings College London. Read the Vogue article here. So glad she finally got it sorted after 4 years (great story inside).
Since writing this, well done to Neuroendocrine Cancer UK, who have managed to persuade Olivia to take part in their awareness and she did their “2point6 challenge” – well done guys! Click here to see Olivia’s video
Good to see her get on with her life and she secured a part as Camilla Parker Bowles in the hit series The Crown, not yet screened. Click the picture to see the news report.
However, this is a confusing and rather unhelpful awareness for Neuroendocrine Cancer. In her defence, she’s representing Pancreatic Cancer as one of their Ambassadors, so it would have been awkward to plug a different cancer. She was there to discuss Pancreatic Cancer UKs #TransformLivesPrescribe campaign, helping to get pancreatic enzyme replacement therapy (PERT) for Pancreatic Cancer patients, a very worthy cause.
But the ITV’s banner below is yet another misleading description of a famous person with Neuroendocrine Cancer.
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