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Breast Cancer Misdiagnosis

A 39 year old mother named Elizabeth Dawes underwent surgery to remove aggressive breast cancer after being told she had a Grade 3 invasive tumor in her breast. As a young woman in her thirties, being told she had breast cancer was “devastating, and of course, I feared the worst… so when I was told I needed surgery, I didn’t think twice.”

Just four days after her surgery, her results came back negative for cancer. Why? The staff at New Cross Hospital in Wolverhampton misdiagnosed Dawes with breast cancer due to a “mix up” with notes. Dawes stated, “I was very sore after the operation and shocked by the extensive scarring… I am still in pain now, have lost a lot of sensation in my breasts and the scarring has not improved…” As a breast cancer oncology nurse at New Cross Hospital, Dawes was so traumatized by the ordeal, that she left her job at the hospital and now works at a nursing home. While an unreserved apology was offered to Dawes and an investigation is underway at New Cross Hospital, Dawes is still dealing with the effects of the breast cancer misdiagnosis, surgical recovery, and emotional trauma.

According to the Cancer Misdiagnosis Guide, it is estimated that 10 to 20 percent of all cases of cancer are misdiagnosed and it is estimated that 40,000 cancer patients die each year as a result of misdiagnosis or delayed diagnosis. Cancer misdiagnosis is a harsh and scary reality that impacts the lives of many. If you or someone you know has been misdiagnosed with any form of cancer, contact the Diefenbach law firm, located in the Wall Street area in New York City or contact Gordon Price Diefenbach directly at gordon@diefenbachlaw.com. Gordon Price Diefenbach is a medical malpractice attorney with nearly 30 years experience in the medical legal industry fighting for patient’s rights.

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