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Cancer medical negligence claim after delay in diagnosis of cervical cancer
At the age of 28 Mandy had been under the colposcopy clinic for a year following an abnormal smear and she was discharged back to the care of her GP with a view to doing a follow up smear in six months.
Delay in diagnosis of cancer
Unfortunately the GP failed to arrange this and the smear was not repeated for 12 months. When the smear was repeated it revealed further abnormalities and Mandy returned to the colposcopy clinic. Further delays on the part of the colposcopy clinic meant that she developed squamous cell carcinoma, which by the time of diagnosis was too advanced for surgery.
Mandy underwent intensive chemo-radiotherapy which unfortunately caused her to suffer from radiation enteritis. For a while however the treatment appeared successful. Sadly, nearly five years after her diagnosis, Mandy was diagnosed with a recurrence of cervical cancer and, despite further courses of intensive chemo-radiotherapy, she died 12 months later at the age of 36, leaving two children.
The case settled in 6 years due to initial uncertainty regarding Mandy's prognosis and then valuing the compensation claim as a dependency claim following her death. We secured £250,000 compensation for Mandy's family.
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