Stephen Sutton's cancer was 'missed by doctors'

Inspirational Stephen Sutton has told how doctors initially missed his cancer diagnosis - and was told he was suffering from constipation instead.

Stephen Sutton
Stephen Sutton

The revelation came as he told followers on social media he is back in hospital after suffering breathing difficulties but has said there is ‘no immediate panic’ and he is stable.

The Burntwood teenager was only discharged from Birmingham’s Queen Elizabeth Hospital on May 2, just over a week after he gave a final thumbs up fearing he was going to die.

Today he has told for the first time how he was initially sent home by doctors who did not spot he had bowel cancer for six months. He said he believes his prognosis would have been more positive had it been spotted earlier.

He posted an update on his Stephen's Story Facebook page yesterday which read: “Unfortunately today I've ended up back in hospital! I had some breathing difficulties starting last night and after going to A and E have been admitted back to a ward for monitoring. I've still got the cough, then quite quickly developed a wheeze in my breathing and breathlessness upon any physical exertion.

“There's no immediate panic and I'm currently quite stable - I have been put on nebulisers and other meds which are currently helping my symptoms hugely."