Woman dies of cancer after doctors ignore a suspicious lung
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A woman who sought hospital help for a cough and had an X-ray whose suspicious findings were overlooked, died from cancer nearly two years later. By the time cancer was diagnosed, cells from the apparent lung tumour where the original "suspicious density" had been identified in the X-ray had spread to other parts of her body.

At the ED, the woman was given nebuliser treatment for what the doctor diagnosed as chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder and acute asthma. An X-ray was done to check for pneumonia and the doctor decided the image showed no signs of this disease. Several days later the radiologist's formal X-ray report, which identified a 15cm by 10cm mass and recommended a follow up X-ray or CT scan, was sent to the ED doctor. She reviewed it two days later. She was going on leave the next day and did not acknowledge the electronic report as she wanted to discuss it with radiologists.

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