Lucy Giles in hospital having treatment. A Cancer patient owes her life to rescue dog who spotted her breast cancer after sniffing and nuzzling her right armpit. See SWNS story SWMRcancer. At first Lucy Giles, 45, thought her beloved Brody was craving some attention but swiftly after discovering a lump in her armpit she was diagnosed with Her2+breast cancer. The Didcot animal-lover had welcomed the 11-stone Newfoundland giant into her life in July 2021 after her partner Ashley, 62, had spent six months in hospital on a life-support machine after contracting Covid. When Ashley retuned home he was dependent on Lucy, who works as carer, and she became his full-time support. As part of his recovery, the pair decided to add to the family of pets who they dote on, including two dogs Leo and Murphy, 18 rabbits, two cats and a tortoise. They then adopted Brody the gentle giant, who was from a family who could no longer look after him - and the Newfoundland breed is well-known for water rescue and lifesaving because of their swimming abilities and intelligence.