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A 37 year old woman whose diagnosis of breast cancer was missed by her doctor after the doctor detected a gritty breast abnormality during a routine "well woman" examination, is suing him for negligence. She was diagnosed with mastitis after her right breast became red, swollen and tender during a pregnancy, but the following month was told she had breast cancer. Conventional breast cancer therapy had to be compromised as she was pregnant and had to wait until after the delivery to have chemotherapy and radiation therapy. Her breast cancer was exacerbated by the pregnancy and its progression was also influenced by its late diagnosis, which has only given her a 12 month predicted survival.
Source: summary of medical news story as reported by The Tasmanian Mercury
About: Negligent general physician sued over breast cancer
Date: 14 July 2005
Source: The Tasmanian Mercury
Author: Gavin Lower
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