A Brinkley woman has launched a petition aimed at providing newly diagnosed brain tumour patients with better information.
Sam Newton, 42, of Green Park, started the campaign to provide every new patient with an information leaflet after she was diagnosed with two benign brain tumours in June.
The mother-of-two, who works as a radiographer, said: “Guidelines say patients should be informed every step of the way. I waited six weeks to be seen after my initial diagnosis and I just didn’t have that support mechanism in place and I didn’t know where to turn.
“By chatting to people in online forums I found lots of other people had also been left in the lurch.”
Sam had an MRI scan after developing ear infections and tinnitus, which revealed two meningioma tumours on the part of her brain that controls coordination - doctors believed they could have been there for 10 years.
Now Sam, who was due to have surgery to remove the largest tumour yesterday, is hoping people will sign her petition and take part in Wear Grey for a Day on October 1 for the Brains Trust.
She said: “I don’t want any patients to go through the problems I have encountered.
“All I would like is a pledge from the government that all newly diagnosed patients are given a leaflet so they are not left in limbo in that awful time between diagnosis and initial consultation.”
To sign Sam’s petition, visit http://epetitions.direct.gov.uk/petitions/54438.