A woman has received a six figure payout following a hospital’s failure to spot breast cancer.
Claire Radcliffe, who was told she did not have cancer following an ultrasound scan at Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge, was diagnosed with the illness eighteen months later. Aged 24, both breasts were removed.
The hospital has since apologised for the outcome, saying it was not one “we would have wished for”.
In the hope of raising awareness Ms Radcliffe now warns young women to “trust their instincts”.
She was 22 years old when she first raised concerns about a lump in her breast. After an incorrect interpretation of the scan, she was diagnosed with a benign fibroadenoma and discharged.
18 months later she developed new symptoms, including an inverted nipple and feelings of extreme fatigue. She returned to her GP who referred her back to the same hospital and was diagnosed with an invasive carcinoma – a type of cancer that develops in cells that make up the skin or the lining of internal organs.
Ms Radcliffe, now aged 29, said: “It completely changed everything, I was off work for a year, I had to go through so much treatment, I felt incapable of doing as much as I used to.
“And for such a young woman to lose something so important to your identity physically is just really hard and it did impact me mentally.
“I hope this doesn’t happen again for another young woman.”
Ms Radcliffe, who says she continues to live with worry since her risk of a secondary occurrence is higher than it would have been if diagnosed earlier, has now claimed damages in the realm of six figures.
Addenbrooke’s Hospital said: “As a dedicated cancer treatment hospital we acknowledge this case and are extremely sorry. It is not an outcome we would have wished.
“We would reassure patients that the understanding, diagnosis and subsequent management of breast cancer has increased exponentially in the last seven years.”
Inez Brown, Partner and Head of Clinical Negligence at Medical Accident Group, said: “No amount of money can compensate for the physical and psychological harm caused by such inexcusable errors. I can only echo Ms Radcliffe by saying that I too hope that this does not happen to other women.”
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