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Not really cancer--After radiation treatment

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  • Posted By: TraciVonK
  • October 20, 2007
  • 09:59 PM

:( It was after I had recieved 25 radiation treatments to my pelvic region that it was determined I did not have cancer, with no apologies from anyone.:eek: I am angry and hurt, not to mention suffering from the damage to my body caused by the therapy.:cool:

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  • :( It was after I had recieved 25 radiation treatments to my pelvic region that it was determined I did not have cancer, with no apologies from anyone.:eek: I am angry and hurt, not to mention suffering from the damage to my body caused by the therapy.:cool:Wow! Sorry to hear this. Unfortunately, this is not an uncommon occurrence.So what did you have? Nothing?Did you hear about the woman in NY who had a double mastectomy when they told her she had this very invasive type of breast cancer? She later learned the lab mixed up her results with another woman's. Obviously, that other woman didn't get the treatment she needed. She got a second opinion too but the next lab took the old samples and used them. Thus confirming the misdiagnosis. They didn't take new tissue.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • October 21, 2007
    • 09:07 PM
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  • :confused: I had a fibroid tumor--non-cancerous. Tried to get a second opinion before I took treatment but the slides were missplaced and the DRs rushed me to radiation. The slides were found the last week of my radiation and then sent to the lab. When the results came back not cancer, a new doctor sent two more samples of my tumor to two independant labs which both concured--not cancer. As for the breast cancer lady, I feel for her. That is so bad! I had no idea how much this kind of thing happens.
    TraciVonK 3 Replies
    • October 22, 2007
    • 00:12 AM
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  • See a good lawyer. You should get a nice settlement, but you can't wait to talk with a lawyer. There is a one year limit on malpractice.
    Monsterlove 2921 Replies
    • October 22, 2007
    • 07:02 AM
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  • On the lawyer front I have that covered, but it is not helping me with my current health issues, anger and depression over the situation. I am working with a therapist and she sujested I get proactive and get on line to find others who have been through similar stuff, which is why I posted on this site.
    TraciVonK 3 Replies
    • October 23, 2007
    • 02:26 PM
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  • Yes such errors are not uncommon. I myself went through an horrific cancer misdiagnosis this year. I was diagnosed with colorectal cancer and underwent urgent surgery one week after the initial diagnosis. Half of my colon and rectum were removed resulting in a colostomy bag for the remainder of life (operation not reversable).I was informed 4 weeks later that there was a laboratory error and I never had cancer in the first place.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • October 24, 2007
    • 08:49 PM
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  • Sue them - you owe it to yourself the effects of radiation therapy could effect you even much later in life, my son had cancer, hodgkinsons lymphoma and radiation on his lungs and spinal cord he was only 21, he is in remmision now but it will always be a worry - every time he coughs you wonder. His tumour was v large when the doctors finally found it - had told him he didn't need a chest x ray I marched him down to the surgery and the hospital rang immediately. Boy did I want him to sue but he - and we were all so upset at him having cancer we let it pass and I know he regrets it, their neglect almost cost him his life and as I say there's always the worry of a secondary cancer - nail them if you don't you will regret it - we do.
    maggiemay 68 Replies
    • October 29, 2007
    • 04:10 PM
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  • Sue them - you owe it to yourself the effects of radiation therapy could effect you even much later in life, my son had cancer, hodgkinsons lymphoma and radiation on his lungs and spinal cord he was only 21, he is in remmision now but it will always be a worry - every time he coughs you wonder. His tumour was v large when the doctors finally found it - had told him he didn't need a chest x ray I marched him down to the surgery and the hospital rang immediately. Boy did I want him to sue but he - and we were all so upset at him having cancer we let it pass and I know he regrets it, their neglect almost cost him his life and as I say there's always the worry of a secondary cancer - nail them if you don't you will regret it.
    maggiemay 68 Replies
    • October 29, 2007
    • 04:11 PM
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  • Talk About A Malpractice Case! I Hope You're Talking To An Attorney Cause It's Time For You To Get "paid" . Good Luck
    forgetlee 11 Replies
    • August 26, 2008
    • 00:16 AM
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  • Talk About A Malpractice Case! I Hope You're Talking To An Attorney Cause It's Time For You To Get "paid" . Good Luck[/QUOte This is my story. I was sick with what was said to be pancreatitis I was put in the hospital were they did scans and found a bile duct was constricted and I needed more testto see what it was. after having a scope and a needle biopsy I was told I had pancreatic cancer. I was devastated and so was my family. I was a 51 year old female. I went in for the whipple procedure but was told that the tumor could not be removed. It had grown into a vein and a roux-en-y gastro was done. I spent 5 days in ICU and 10 days in the hospital. I was told I had 14 mons. at the most to live. I went home to die. But before I started the chemo I went to MD Anderson in Houston. They did not see anything on scan except my pancreas looked sick but since they had the surgery notes they sent me home for chemo and was to return in 3 mons. Went to oncologist and was told it had spread to my liver and I now had 8 mons to live. Long story short I went back in 3 mons. to Houston and they stop chemo and more importantly I am still alive 3 years later. I am still having health issues. Some of them caused by the operation. I also have had 10 cat scans 5 chemo treatments that I did not need. Yes I am HAPPY to be alive but sure wish I could go backand do things differently.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • December 10, 2010
    • 05:15 AM
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