Mother dies from cancer after turning down NHS treatment in favour of a VEGAN diet

Katie Britton-Jordan, from Derbyshire, was diagnosed with stage 2a triple negative breast cancer in July 2016.

She claimed chemotherapy, proven to save lives, was like ‘poisoning your body’ and opted to take an alternative approach.

Mrs Britton-Jordan, thought to be 40, also refused a mastectomy and radiotherapy. She passed away on Saturday.

Her husband Neil, 58, announced her death on Facebook, saying she was ‘surrounded’ by family and friends and ‘shrouded’ with love.

He said: ‘It breaks my heart to be writing this but on Saturday 25th May, Katie, with the same grace and strength she handled herself through life, peacefully passed to the next.

‘Delilah, her ‘bestie’ Elsa and I went and picked flowers and herbs from the garden and placed them all around Katie, she looked so serenely beautiful.

Our little girl has learnt the hardest lesson at such a young age and I simply run out of answers when sobbing she asks ‘why we have to say bye bye?’

‘Feel free to leave comments just, please be thoughtful and respectful,’ Mr Britton-Jordan’s post continued.

‘I know some people may have their own opinions on what Katie should or should not have done but whatever that is, it does not alter her bravery and dignity over the last three years.’

Mrs Britton-Jordan, a jewelry maker, started to feel pain in her left breast after knocking it while playing with Delilah.

She had a feel and spotted a small lump, prompting her to visit her GP who didn’t expect it to be anything sinister.

Mrs Britton-Jordan was referred to the Royal Derby Hospital, Derbyshire, for a scan a few weeks later.

An ultrasound showed a couple of solid masses in her breast, with medics deciding to give her a mammogram to examine them closer.

She was called in to discuss her biopsy results a couple of weeks later, which confirmed three cancerous tumours in her left breast.

Stage 2a triple negative breast cancer is an early form of the killer disease, which experts define as still growing but contained.

Stage 2 breast cancer responds well to treatment usually, according to the US National Breast Cancer Foundation.

Doctors said the best course of action would be to remove the breast, followed by a course of chemotherapy and radiotherapy.

They told her that although her cancer was treatable, without treatment, she would die, it was reported at the time.

Speaking in 2017 about shunning NHS treatment, she said: ‘I have always been into alternative health.

‘I started researching and decided there was no way I was having chemotherapy and radiotherapy.

‘Initially I wasn’t sure about the surgery. I didn’t know if it was a good thing or a bad thing but the more I read into it, the more I decided I didn’t want to do it either.’

She added: ‘I had always had a healthy diet and I didn’t eat red meat but I decided that I would go completely vegan and cut out sugar and gluten. I eat mostly raw food.’

Mrs Britton-Jordan also started to research holistic supplements such as iodine rich brown seaweed, raw turmeric and black pepper capsules.

She decided she no longer wanted to have CT scans on the NHS because of the amount of radiation involved.

Instead, she had private thermographic imaging scans, which use a heat camera to show if new blood supplies are being formed,

Katie said: ‘I feel really fit and well and I’m still able to work and look after my daughter. My diet, which involves mainly raw fruit and vegetables, has really helped.

‘If I had chemo, I think I would be almost bed-ridden. I have seen friends have chemotherapy and they are affected for life by it. It’s horrible. You are poisoning your body.

‘In my opinion, there are lots of options out there that I think are much more valuable than poisoning yourself. I believe what I am doing is the best option for me.’

Mrs Britton-Jordan was also fundraising for other alternative treatments, including immunotherapy and mistletoe therapy.

The latter she described as extracts of the plant being injected into the body, and claimed it was supposed to boost the immune system.

Mrs Britton-Jordan claimed her mother Carole and father Ron were behind her decision to refuse NHS treatment.

Speaking about her decision to not have conventional treatment two years ago, she admitted she received regular messages from worried friends.