PSYCHOLOGY

Woman Discovers She Was Misdiagnosed With Cancer After Undergoing Grueling Chemotherapy And Double Mastectomy

Date July 23, 2019 11:16

Hearing you have breast cancer is never a piece of fun news, especially when the diagnosis implies what is known as Triple-Negative Breast Cancer.

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What the condition means

According to BreastcancerOrg, triple-negative breast cancer refers to the kind that tests negative for estrogen receptors, progesterone receptors, and excess HER2 protein. It is considered to be a more aggressive form of cancer which accounts for 10-20% of breast cancer diagnoses.

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Sarah's story

At age 25, Sarah Boyle received the devastating news that she had triple-negative breast cancer at the Royal Stoke University Hospital. The diagnosis came in 2016, shortly after the birth of her first child.

The StokeSentinel reported that Sarah was faced with no other choice than to fight the condition. She underwent chemotherapy treatment and also had both of her breasts removed so the cancer wouldn't spread.

However, it wasn't until July 2017 that the hospital realized they made a big error and that Sarah's biopsy was incorrectly recorded. The hospital has since apologized for the mix-up but Sarah is very concerned about the drawbacks of all the medical treatment she had to undergo.

For instance, Sarah was worried that her breast implants put her at risk for developing cancer in the future, and then there was the psychological trauma caused by the ordeal.

She also reported other disadvantages which were as a result of the needless treatments including the fact that she wasn't able to breastfeed her seven-month-old due to the mastectomy.

Sarah described the experience as "incredibly difficult," saying;

Being told I had cancer was awful, but then to go through all of the treatment and surgery to then be told it was unnecessary was traumatising.

She explained that she wanted to share her story in hopes that no one else has to go through what she did.

Tips for helping a loved one who has been diagnosed with cancer

Receiving a cancer diagnosis is tough, but if you're the family of a loved one who has this disease, you may wonder what you can do to help. Here are a few tips according to WebMD;

  • Be prepared for changes in the patient's mood and behavior.
  • Encourage them to be active and to take care of themselves.
  • Ask other family members to pitch in with whatever they can, even if it's just a listening ear.

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While Sarah's diagnosis turned out to be wrong, there are many people out there who are still battling the condition and they need as much support as possible. If you have a family member in this boat, be sure to offer as much love and encouragement as you can.