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Cancer patient hopeful of getting overseas treatment

After months of setbacks on her cancer therapy, Cherrie Woods is cautiously thankful for clearance to leave Bermuda to get treatment.

“There is no proof as of yet, but they have given me their word,” said Ms Woods, who is meeting on Monday at the Department of Financial Assistance along with all the parties involved in getting her treatment.

Help has come from the cancer charity Pals and the Lady Cubitt Compassionate Association, who will meet along with Financial Assistance representatives to “make sure everybody's on the same page”.

If this week's approval for coverage proves correct, Ms Woods will head off on June 21 to get radiation treatment at Leeds General Infirmary.

Unemployed and already burdened with mounting medical costs, she was unable to make the journey without help from charities as well as Financial Assistance.

The trip comes almost exactly four months after she had been due to set off for radiotherapy at the Lahey Clinic in the United States.

Although cleared for travel, Ms Woods was stopped at L.F. Wade International Airport over an arrest warrant in connection with her upcoming court case — a warrant that Magistrates' Court later acknowledged should have been withdrawn.

US authorities have denied her entry to the country ever since, leaving Britain as her only recourse.

She thanked the family and friends who supported her, as well as charities and advocates such as Cleveland Simmons.

Asked how she felt after repeatedly stymied attempts to obtain medical aid, Ms Woods replied: “I'm hanging in there.”

Cautiously thankful: Cherrie Woods, left, with her sister Keisha Woods-Taylor (Photograph by Jonathan Bell)

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Published June 10, 2016 at 9:00 am (Updated June 10, 2016 at 1:58 am)

Cancer patient hopeful of getting overseas treatment

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