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Cancer Misdiagnosis

Woman Wrongly Diagnosed With Breast Cancer

After being diagnosed with breast cancer and having surgical treatment, Adele was told that a wrong diagnosis had been made. In actual fact she did not have cancer but a benign lump.

When Adele found a lump in her left breast, she had all the tests and thankfully it was found to be a fatty non-malignant lump. Five years later, the same thing happened again, only this time it was a lump in her right breast. She attended the GP and was referred to a specialist breast clinic.

Adele underwent an ultrasound, a mammogram, a physical examination and a fine needle aspiration. Eventually she was called in to see the doctor who told Adele that she had breast cancer. The news was of course a terrible shock and all she could think of was how her children would cope without her.

The following months were incredibly distressing for Adele and her family. She built up enough courage to tell her children, both of whom became extremely upset and withdrawn. Adele did not know what would happen to her son and daughter if she failed to survive her illness, something which caused her terrible anxiety.

Adele was told by the doctors that she would need surgery to treat the cancer. She had the option of choosing between a mastectomy and a lumpectomy and opted for the lumpectomy.

The operation was carried out without incident. The lump and a considerable amount of surrounding tissue was removed, together with five lymph nodes from her right armpit. She was released four days later although she remained bedbound. Adele had to call upon her sisters and mother to do everything around the house, including the cleaning, cooking, shopping, laundry and childcare.

Adele's recovery was significantly slowed by a post-operative infection which was only diagnosed three weeks after the procedure. She remained in significant pain, required a long course of antibiotics and had to be seen every day by a district nurse for four months, who would change the packing and dress the wound.

A few weeks after the operation, Adele was having a routine check-up at the hospital when she was asked to see the consultant. She became very nervous and feared the worst. He informed her that the lump and lymph nodes had been tested. The results showed that, in actual fact, it was another non-malignant lump. Adele did not have breast cancer and never had.

She could not believe what she had been told. Of course Adele was happy that she did not have cancer, but she and her family had been through a dreadful ordeal. They had all believed that she may die.

Adele had been through a traumatic procedure that had left her very unwell and disfigured. She subsequently required reconstructive surgery to correct the deformity and completely lost her self-esteem.

Adele had not been unable to return to work and consequently had to claim benefits for the first time in her life.

We helped Adele claim for the damage the wrong diagnosis had on the lives of her and her loved ones. She was awarded over £30,000 compensation.

(Details which might identify our client have been changed.)

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