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Dying Cancer Patient Wants Apology After Misdiagnosis

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Wellington, Nov 22 NZPA - A terminally ill Bay of Plenty mother says her doctor repeatedly failed to diagnose her with cancer and told her she was being "vain" after she repeatedly asked to have a lump removed.

Caro Galloway became concerned after experiencing pain under her right arm and first went to her medical centre, which is the subject of a Health and Disability Commissioner complaint, in 2006, The Bay of Plenty Times reported.

Her doctor told her the pain was caused by hormones and when she came back after noticing lump on her breast she was told it was not cancerous, Mrs Galloway said.

When her doctor put her under pressure to give a reason for removing it she told her doctor she wanted it taken out for her husband. The doctor then told her she was being vain.

Her cancer was only diagnosed in May 2008 after she was received a mammogram, ultrasound and biopsy but by then the cancer had spread and she was "riddled" with cancer.

Mrs Galloway said her life could have been saved if the cancer had been diagnosed on the "first, second, third or fourth" visit to her medical centre.

A spokesperson for the Health and Disability Commissioner said they were investigating Mrs Galloway's complaint but would not comment on the matter, citing her privacy.

Mrs Galloway said all she wanted was an apology for her children and husband.

She was now going through radiation treatment in a last-ditch effort to fight the cancer.

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