Case studies - Cancer


Cancer - Delayed diagnosis of breast cancer – £5,000

Carol Smart, 76, discovered a lump behind the nipple of her left breast. Her GP referred her to hospital where she was given a mammogram and ultrasound scan. She was told that the lump was fibrous tissue and nothing to worry about. She was reassured again after a further mammogram eight months later. She was diagnosed with breast…

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Cancer - Death due to delayed diagnosis of cervical cancer – £200,000

In October 2003, Diane  Clarke went to see her GP,  concerned about post-coital bleeding. She underwent a cervical smear test, followed by a biopsy. The biopsy revealed that she had cervical cancer. Her last test – the previous year – had been reported as normal. However, on re-interpretation, it was revealed that the test had shown…

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Cancer - Death following delays in diagnosis of lung cancer – £275,000

Ms McKay had a history of asthma and bronchitis and had been a smoker for many years. She attended A&E suffering from weakness in her right leg and arm.  A chest X-ray performed six months earlier had been reported as normal and she was reassured and discharged. Over the next couple of years, she continued to feel unwell and…

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Cancer - Undiagnosed rectal cancer – £45,000

Mr Lomax visited his GP on several occasions throughout 2008 and early 2009 complaining of abdominal pain and diarrhoea. After initial tests, he was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes and prescribed Metformin. Despite expressing repeated concerns about the continuing diarrhoea, and subsequently rectal bleeding, he was given alternative diabetic medication and antibiotics to treat, what was…

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Cancer - Delayed diagnosis of cervical cancer – £95,000

Mrs Smith attended for regular smear tests over the years and all had been reported as normal. Just before a regular smear test, she had noticed irregular bleeding. The test was reported as abnormal and she was referred to hospital where she underwent a colposcopy and diagnosed with cervical cancer. She was then referred for a hysterectomy. On coming round from…

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Cancer - Incorrect diagnosis of pancreatic cancer – £38,000

Mr White started to suffer from severe acid indigestion and became jaundiced. A urine sample revealed his liver function to be very abnormal and his GP referred him to hospital for blood tests. He underwent various tests in hospital including an ultrasound scan, MRI scan, CT scan and endoscopy. At the time of the endoscopy a stent was…

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Cancer - Failure to report an abnormal cervical smear – £234,112.70

Mrs Hayes had a cervical smear after complaining of vaginal discharge and cervical bleeding.The smear showed abnormal cells and it was therefore reported as being abnormal with a recommendation for a further smear one year later. The repeat smear test performed a year later also showed formation of abnormal cells, but on this occasion it…

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Cancer - Delayed diagnosis of breast cancer – £50,000

On detecting a lump in her breast Miss Jones saw a consultant for a clinical examination,tests were done and she was advised that it was a fatty lump which was entirely benign. Some months later, the lump began to enlarge and Miss Jones was diagnosed with cancer and had to undergo a mastectomy. We pursued…

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Cancer - Incorrect diagnosis of lung cancer – £10,000

Following a chest X-ray, Mrs Gooding was told she had lung cancer, however a subsequent bronchoscopy showed no tumour. Relying only the chest X-ray and a further CT scan, the doctors decided to remove her right lung. After the operation it was discovered that there was in fact no evidence of malignancy. We pursued a misdiagnosis…

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