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Hospital settles after undiagnosed cervical cancer patient dies

A woman died at the age of 27 from undiagnosed cervical cancer. The woman's pap smear came back as negative and she was lead to believe she didn't have cancer. The erroneous reading of the slide may have been due to the time restrictions that screeners at the NHS Screening Programme It wasn't until about 4 years later that she suffered severe groin pain which led to the diagnosis of aggressive cervical cancer with a huge associated tumour. It was then found that the earlier pap smear actually did have signs of pre-invasive cancer which if reported could have saved her life by allowing timely treatment. The woman underwent radiotherapy, chemotherapy and surgery and was led to believe that these treatments had removed the cancer. Even a month prior to her death she was told she was free of cancer. The NHS trust settled out of court for $300,000 but stated that their screening tests met national standards.

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About: Hospital settles after undiagnosed cervical cancer patient dies

Date: 30 November 2004

Source: News Scotsman

Author: Gemma Collins


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