A mother of two from England was falsely diagnosed with cancer three years ago. Doctors told her that she has a particularly aggressive form of the disease that would require intensive treatment and surgery. It took months for the hospital to recognize the mistake.
Patient Sarah Boyle underwent chemotherapy and a double mastectomy before the doctors realized that the test results had been falsely reported. As it turns out, Boyle did not have cancer at all, but now that the hospital has confessed his mistake, she's looking for more than a simple apology.
Boyle initially went to her doctor at the Royal Stoke Hospital after having difficulty breastfeeding. The hospital did a scan and then a biopsy to finally deliver the devastating news that she had triple-negative breast cancer.
Triple-negative breast cancer has fewer treatment options than other forms, but the adoption of chemotherapy is still an option. To combat the disease, Boyle did just that and was simultaneously double mastectomized to allegedly remove cancerous tissue.
Months later, her doctor discovered that Boyle had no cancer at all and the biopsy results were initially mislabeled. The hospital admitted his mistake and apologized. Boyle and her lawyers are taking legal action.
Her allegations include obvious trauma and stress due to the misdiagnosis, as well as the fact that he could not breast-feed her youngest son due to treatment and surgery. In addition, the breast implants Boyle received during recovery may be associated with other cancers, and chemotherapy may have reduced their future fertility. Cancer diagnoses are now being reviewed by a second pathologist. "