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Woman was treated for cancer for two years and her eggs frozen only to be told later she never had it

Written by on October 19, 2023

A woman who was diagnosed with cancer and underwent two years of treatment was left shocked when doctors told her she had been wrongly diagnosed.Megan Royle, 33, was told she had skin cancer in 2019 and went through nine cycles of treatment, surgery, and even had her eggs frozen.Megan first went to the hospital in 2019, aged 29, after a mole on her arm increased in size, scabbed and became itchy.A biopsy was carried out and she was told melanoma a type of skin cancer had been identified.She was then referred to the specialist cancer unit at the Royal Marsden Hospital, where the biopsy was reviewed and she was again told it was melanoma.Megan underwent nine cycles of immunotherapy treatment, and had her eggs frozen as the treatment can impact on fertility, and also underwent a 2cm wide excision of tissue to remove the cancer.She was then told she was in remission but when she moved north of UK in 2021 for work, a new hospital trust reviewed her file and scans and found she never had melanoma in the first place.But two years later when she moved home, a different hospital trust reviewed her records, there and then she found out she was misdiagnosed.She has now received compensation from the Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust, and Imperial College Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, which runs the pathology service used by Chelsea & Westminster Hospital, as both misinterpreted her results, leading to the misdiagnosis.Megan, a theatrical make-up artist from Beverley in East Yorkshire, said she struggled to understand what had happened, adding:You just cant really believe something like this can happen, and still to this day Ive not had an explanation as to how and why it happened.I spent two years believing I had cancer, went through all the treatment and then was told there had been no cancer at all.When the doctors sat me down and told me it took a while to sink in.Youd think the immediate emotion would be relief, and in some sense it was, but Id say the greater emotions were frustration and anger.  When I was first told I had cancer and that I needed surgery to remove it and treatment which could impact on my fertility, my approach was simply to say yes, lets do what we need to do. I wasnt thinking about having children at that time, but having children was always something I planned for later in life, so having eggs preserved was something I didnt hesitate doing.All in all, I got my head around it pretty quickly, as difficult as that was.However, then to be told two years later, having undergone the treatment and lived with the worry, I found being told Id never had cancer at all hard.I wasnt in a good place for quite some time to be honest, strange as that may seem. The post Woman was treated for cancer for two years and her eggs frozen only to be told later she never had it appeared first on Linda Ikeji Blog.

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