Doctors told me I was cancer free, then said it had spread moments later


A woman was told she had beaten cancer only to learn minutes later that doctors had made a mistake and the incurable disease had spread.
Louise Sherry had undergone surgery after finding a lump in her breast in January – which she was told afterwards had been a success.
But when Miss Sherry questioned her consultant about the results of her bone scan, he said: “What bone scan?”
The devastating results of the scan revealed the cancer had spread to her bones and liver – and was now incurable.
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Miss Sherry, 43, said: “In one fell swoop came this slap in the face.
“There was just this massive relief when he was saying the operation had been a total success.
“Right at the end, I asked him about the bone scan and he said, ‘What bone scan?’
“He went into the system and the scan showed the cancer had spread to my bones and my liver and it couldn’t be cured.”

Senior quality engineer Miss Sherry became ill just before Christmas, but thought it was flu.
In January, she discovered a lump in her breast and went to Castle Hill Hospital in Hull, East Yorks, for a lumpectomy and a second operation to remove lymph nodes.
However, a bone and CT scan revealed the terrible news that the cancer had spread and was incurable.
Despite the devastating mistake Miss Sherry, of Hull, East Yorks, said she was refusing to be angry.
She added: “What’s the point? The consultant was absolutely devastated and couldn’t apologise enough.
Miss Sherry, who lives with her partner of 19 years, Carl Hewitt, has just completed her fourth round of chemotherapy, and the latest scan shows the cancer is shrinking, giving the couple the chance of having longer together.
“That was such a nice consultation after eight months of nothing but devastating blows and bad news.
“Maybe this isn’t curable, but I could live for 50 years with cancer and I’m going to be the one to do it.
“I’m not letting it affect my relationship with my partner, my family and my friends.
“Yes, I’ve got this really serious illness, but it’s not going to stop me being the positive person I am.”
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Mr Hewitt, 43, said: “Louise is just so brave and is refusing to give up. She’s an amazing woman.”
Chris Long, chief executive of Hull and East Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust, said: “I am sorry to hear of Ms Sherry’s news and I would encourage her to contact us directly should she wish to discuss the matter further.”
After she was told the cancer had spread, the couple were helped by nurses from Macmillan Cancer Support as they absorbed the shock of what they had just been told.
Miss Sherry said: “Macmillan has been such a support all the way through and I couldn’t have done it without them.”

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