Six-figure payout for grandmother wrongly diagnosed with cancer

A six-figure sum has finally been awarded to a grandmother in Scotland after she was wrongly diagnosed with cancer back in 2008. Ann Milne was diagnosed as having liver cancer deemed to be terminal, and underwent six months of intensive chemotherapy as a result. However a year after the chemotherapy was completed doctors informed her she had never suffered from liver cancer in the first place.

The treatment has resulted in permanent muscle damage being suffered by Mrs Milne, who can no longer walk without a stick if she wants to walk any significant distance. She was awarded the compensation by NHS Grampian but she says she has not received an apology from the trust.

She became ill as a result of the chemotherapy, and at one point ended up in intensive care as her condition deteriorated. A year after the chemotherapy took place, essentially as a way to prolong her life, her doctors noticed her condition hadn’t changed. A check-up then revealed the tumours that had originally been seen on scans were not cancerous at all. NHS Grampian referred to the case as having been ‘concluded’ but made no further comment.

Is it common to go through an incorrect cancer diagnosis?

Cancer is prevalent in our society. However the vast majority of people are correctly diagnosed when they exhibit symptoms, whether this means they are diagnosed as having the disease or not having it. It is exceptionally unusual for a situation such as that mentioned here to occur, where a person has extensive treatment for something they do not actually have. There is no reason not to have confidence in the NHS in this respect, and we should keep things in firm perspective in this situation.

Source: Daily Mail

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