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A 40 year old single mother was misdiagnosed after she received two normal results of Pap smear tests and was told her enlarged uterus was full of fibroids, non-cancerous tumors, when in fact she had advanced cervical cancer. She is claiming medical negligence from the hospital trust as her prolonged diagnosis reduced her prognosis of cure from 98% to 40%. She had started feeling discomfort and getting shooting pains in her pelvic region before seeking a second opinion through her general physician. The cancer had grown to the size of a grapefruit. She had a kidney operation before undergoing radiation treatment and chemotherapy. The trust has apologised and admitted liability.
Source: summary of medical news story as reported by Barnett and Potters Bar Times
About: Cervical cancer misdiagnosis
Date: 30 June 2005
Source: Barnett and Potters Bar Times
Author: Hugh Christopher
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