The Marsden saved my life, says cancer survivor as father prepares for fundraiser

A student today told how doctors said she could have been “dead in two to three months” if she hadn’t got a lump in her neck checked. 

Olivia Mason was 19 when she discovered she had stage four Hodgkin lymphoma, a type of blood cancer. She had chemotherapy at the Royal Marsden cancer hospital in Sutton. On Sunday she will cheer on father Felix as he takes part in the 15-mile annual Marsden march, from its other site in Chelsea to Sutton, to thank it for saving her life.

Olivia, 20, from Kenley, Surrey, received the “all clear” last September and is back at Lancaster University. She hopes to be a primary school teacher.

She first noticed the lump in freshers’ week in 2017 but only sought help when she coughed up blood at Christmas. “If I had left it untreated I would probably only have had two to three months,” she said. Her red curly hair started to fall out during chemo- therapy, so she shaved it off, and now it has grown back brown. Olivia had no idea her father was doing the march until mother Liz posted a link to his fundraising page (


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