Student, 21, died of rare kidney cancer eight weeks after diagnosis

Portsmouth University architecture student, 21, who was told she had a water infection died eight weeks later from aggressive rare kidney cancer

  • Architecture student Alicia Embrey, 21, was told she had a urinary tract infection
  • After a series of tests doctors found she was suffering from a rare kidney cancer
  • Renal medullary carcinoma is a fatal cancer with fewer than 60 cases globally
  • Her mother, Emma Embrey, 40, said: ‘Within eight weeks she was dead’

Alicia Embrey, 21,from Gwent in Wales was told she had a urinary tract infection only to die eight weeks later from a rare form of kidney cancer

An architecture student was told she had a urinary tract infection only to die eight weeks later from a rare form of kidney cancer.

Feeling unwell, Alicia Embrey, 21, went to to her doctor and was put on an antibiotic drip before being sent home with a suspected water infection.

The next day the tragic undergraduate went back to with her mother and underwent a series of tests before being diagnosed with renal medullary carcinoma.

Her mother, Emma Embrey, 40, said: ‘Within eight weeks she was dead.’

Miss Embrey is believed to be the first person ever to have been diagnosed with renal medullary carcinoma in Wales. The aggressive cancer affects the kidneys and is difficult to treat and it is estimated there are fewer than 60 cases globally.

Miss Embrey, of Newport, Gwent, had been studying for a degree at Portsmouth University when she began to feel unwell.

An architecture student was told she had a urinary tract infection only to die eight weeks later from a rare form of kidney cancer. Feeling unwell, Alicia Embrey, 21, went to to her doctor and was put on an antibiotic drip before being sent home with a suspected water infection 


The next day the tragic undergraduate went back to with her mother and underwent a series of tests before being diagnosed with renal medullary carcinoma. The aggressive cancer affects the kidneys and is difficult to treat and it is estimated there are fewer than 60 cases globally 


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Her mother said: ‘I took her to the Royal Gwent Hospital. She had three lots of intravenous antibiotics, but they told her that she’d recover better at home.

‘The next day it was clear hospital was the best place for her, so we went back. They tested her for all sorts. They made her wear a mask, and within three days she was in critical care.’

Mrs Embrey said they were told to attend Velindre Cancer Care in Cardiff, where she was asked if there was a history of sickle cell in the family. 

Miss Embrey, of Newport, Gwent, had been studying for a degree at Portsmouth University when she began to feel unwell. Doctors informed Miss Embrey that they had found sickling in her liver, and she was suffering from the rare disease, which has fewer than 60 cases globally

‘I answered yes,’ she said.

Doctors informed Mrs and Miss Embrey that they had found sickling in her liver, and she was suffering from the rare renal medullary carcinoma.

Miss Embrey died in September this year and friends have been raising money to support Emma and her two sons since her death.

Friends described Miss Embrey as ‘beautiful, clever and caring’ and mum Emma thanked well-wishers for their kind words and support.

She said: ‘It meant the world to me even though my heart is broken. I felt a pang of joy about the beautiful young lady my daughter had grown up into. I will always miss you Alicia Embrey. My sweet little angel that was taken away far too soon.’

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