Inspirational Hitchin mum to feature posthumously on BBC Panorama after taking part in cancer project to help others live

The inspirational and much-loved Anne Aurousseau.

The inspirational and much-loved Anne Aurousseau. - Credit: Archant

A Hitchin mum-of-three who died after a brave fight against cancer is to feature in a BBC documentary after agreeing to be filmed last year taking part in pioneering new treatments which could give other sufferers hope of survival.

Anne Aurousseau, who died in October from a rare form of cancer called Adenoid Cystic Carcinoma at the age of 37, allowed her trials to be filmed by the respected BBC One documentary Panorama.

Husband Jamie Street said: “Anne was determined to try different treatments in an attempt to beat her cancer rather than just giving up and waiting for it to take over.

“Her strength and determination was inspirational, and she struck up an amazing bond with everyone who treated her.

“While the research was ultimately unsuccessful for Anne, the treatments she was trialling will become increasingly used and successful in the future for combating this disease – and we will have her and others to thank for this.”


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Anne’s sister and best friend Claire Aurousseau said: “There’s not a passing hour in which I don’t think of her. I miss her so much.

“She was the best sister you could ask for and an amazing mum. She was so brave.

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“It’s testament to her amazing spirit and strength of character that through her and others she might contribute to beating cancer one day.”

Anne’s mother Pauline Mason added: “She was an inspiration. She was so caring and unselfish. It makes me proud to think Anne may have played a part in helping cure cancer for future generations.”

Panorama’s producer Alison Priestley told the Comet: “We had the privilege of meeting Anne over the last couple of years.

“As a doctor said in our programme, the patients are the true heroes of drug development as they volunteer for trials knowing they may not personally benefit – but do it for their children, grandchildren and humanity.”

Panorama’s Can You Cure My Cancer? featuring Anne and other patients will be screened on BBC One at 9pm on Wednesday, February 11.

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