A terminally-ill cancer patient from Gedney has criticised a medical centre for a delay of up to eight weeks before her condition was eventually diagnosed.
Sandra Munson (64) has been given no more than ten months to live by specialists at Pilgrim Hospital, Boston, after tests revealed that a cyst on top of her head was actually skin cancer.
A doctor should be able to tell if a cyst could develop into cancerSandra Munson
But it only became clear eight weeks after the cyst had grown to the size of a ‘golf ball’ when Sandra was seen by a consultant at Boston’s Parkside Medical Centre.
Sandra said: “A small bump appeared on top of my head in March, so I went to my doctor in Holbeach where it was said to be a cyst.
“I was then sent to Parkside Medical Centre to have the cyst removed but it wasn’t sent it off to be analysed.
“Instead, I was given six to eight weeks of antibiotics and painkillers as the cyst was so badly infected that it looked like a golf ball on my head.
“I eventually had a biopsy at Pilgrim Hospital and it came back as skin cancer, with the cyst finally removed in June.”
The cancer has since spread to Sandra’s lung and lymph glands which has led to her claim that an earlier diagnosis might have improved her chances of survival.
“A doctor should be able to tell if a cyst could develop into cancer,” Sandra said.
“My complaint is with Parkside who left it for all that time until the cyst grew bigger.”
David Harding, practice manager at Parkside Medical Centre, said: “We would like to express our sympathy to the patient and if she is unhappy with the service she received, we would advise them to use the practice complaints procedures so that we can investigate their concerns and address them through the appropriate channels.”