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Cervical cancer misdiagnosis despite key symptoms

Cervical cancer misdiagnosis despite key symptoms

A 26 year old woman has suffered a misdiagnosis even though she had key symptoms of cervical cancer.

Alexandra Hodson was told her symptoms were occurring because of her contraceptive injection.

She presented with pain during sex , bleeding after and in between her periods.

Nurse tells her symptoms are normal

On attending her local GP, Alexandra was seen by a nurse who told her that the symptoms were normal because of the contraceptive injection.

Alexandra’s sister Nicola, quoted in The Mirror, says her sister knew they weren’t normal but felt guilty when she questioned it further.

Smear test reveals abnormal cells

She received a letter through the post to invite her for her first smear test.

She attended and was told a week later that there were abnormal cells and was sent to hospital for a colposcopy.

Not urgent

The hospital told her to return in 12 months as she had precancerous cells, but they didn’t feel it was urgent.

On returning to her GP, she was examined by a doctor who felt the tumour. She was immediately referred back to the hospital.

MRI scan confirms diagnosis

A MRI confirms a diagnosis of cervical cancer.

Alexandra began radiotherapy and chemotherapy in July 2018.

However, on a subsequent scan the tumour appeared not to be responding to treatment. And the radiotherapy and chemotherapy has damaged other organs.

She was sent for brachytherapy which is where radioactive implants are used and was referred to London for more specialist treatment.

Another MRI scan followed which showed the tumour had reduced a little, but it began to grow back.

Operation cancelled

The tumour is touching her pelvic wall, so an operation to remove her bowel and reproductive organs has been cancelled.

Nicola says her sister’s weight has dropped to 5 stone and she has lost her taste buds. The pain is so bad she is left unable to walk at times.

Raising funds for Private treatment

Alexandra has been turned down for immunotherapy on the NHS. The family are now focused on fundraising the £100,000 via aGoFundMe page.

Melanie Lidstone-Land, medical negligence lawyer at Swain & Co Solicitors says,

“This is devastating. A young woman did all the right things to get help, yet was let down twice. Although I do not know the particulars of Alexandra Hodson’s case, it is often that delays and misdiagnosis of cancer result in more invasive treatment being required and prognosis being less positive. The earlier cancer is diagnosed the better. This is utterly devastating that she now has to privately fundraise for a treatment her consultant applied to the NHS to fund.”

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