Inspirational woman fighting five cancers to tackle Stanwick Lakes run

Janet Pfeiffer will be taking part in the Stanwick Lakes Autumn Run this weekend
Janet Pfeiffer will be taking part in the Stanwick Lakes Autumn Run this weekend

A woman who is battling five different cancers is determined to take part in the Stanwick Lakes Autumn Run this weekend.

Janet Pfeiffer, 69, of Irthlingborough, has already undergone numerous treatments and spells in hospital and faces an operation to remove some of her liver later this month.

I am about as fit as I’m going to be and with the operation looming, I only have now to do this challenge.

Janet Pfeiffer

But she has signed up for the annual charity fundraiser at Stanwick Lakes this Sunday and is hoping to raise at least £1,000 for Cancer research UK.

She said: “Due to having very rare neuro-endocrine carcinoid tumours in my right lung, I had to have my right lung removed in May 2014.

“Being me though, I couldn’t just get the lung cancer, I had lymphatic cancer at the same time; although this was indolent (sleeping) then, so no worries... or so I thought!

“Just as I was recovering well from the lung cancer (a second type of cancer was found in the removed lung – so cancer number three), and I was becoming more active again, the lymphatic cancer decided to wake up and change into a completely different aggressive diffuse B cell cancer, which needed to be zapped with chemotherapy.

“I had six treatments of chemotherapy, losing my signature mass of red hair in the process.

“My lymphoma became borderline active and I was due to go on to maintenance treatment.

“Unfortunately, a routine scan had shown up something on my liver, so after a PET scan and a biopsy, it showed the original cancer had metastasised on to my liver, three new tumours in a different form.

“I may have the opportunity to have surgery to remove three sections of my liver in late September if my lung function and heart tests are OK.”

Janet, who is an official fundraiser for Cancer Support UK and whose daughter teaches locally, said: “Even with this operation, my prognosis is not good, as I have been told that my cancer is extremely likely to come back again somewhere; in any of my organs including my brain.

“I’m not asking for sympathy. I’ve had a full and varied life and have done and seen things and been places; including using a sledge hammer to break down some of the Berlin Wall when I was a tour guide in Eastern Europe before, during and after the changes.

“I’ve been a registrar at Westminster Register Office and have married and registered the births of many famous people and their children – so no regrets.

“When first diagnosed with cancer in 2013, I promised myself I would do a 5K run to raise funds and awareness for all types of cancer, so we can all beat it one day.

“At the moment, I am about as fit as I’m going to be and with the operation looming, I only have now to do this challenge.

“It was only last week that my daughter found out about the Stanwick Lakes Autumn Run, but to make it a real challenge I decided to register for the 10K not the lesser distance.

“I have been trying to raise support by putting flyers through letterboxes nearby and by asking local businesses to put up posters to advertise my JustGiving Page with the details of how to donate.”

People can also text donations to 70070 using the code PFEI69 and the amount they wish to donate.