Call for greater aware­ness of rare form of can­cer

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Uk&world Update -

THE widow of John Mont­gomery has called for greater aware­ness of the form of can­cer which led to his death, af­ter chances to di­ag­nose it sooner were missed.

Mr Mont­gomery was first seen at Peter­bor­ough Dis­trict Hospi­tal in June 2008, but his con­di­tion was not di­ag­nosed un­til Fe­bru­ary 2009.

An­drew Pflei­derer, a con­sul­tant in Peter­bor­ough City Hospi­tal’s Ear, Nose and Throat depart­ment, told the in­quest that the can­cer “could and should” have been de­tected sooner, although he felt “the de­lay made no dif­fer­ence to his prog­noses or even­tual out­come”.

Speak­ing af­ter the in­quest, Mrs Mont­gomery was crit­i­cal a po­ten­tial link be­tween her hus­band’s line of work and his symp­toms had not been made sooner.

She said: “The med­i­cal pro­fes­sion need to be more aware so they ask the right ques­tions.”

John Ran­dall, med­i­cal di­rec­tor at Peter­bor­ough and Stam­ford Hos­pi­tals NHS Foun­da­tion Trust, said the trust ac­cepted the di­ag­no­sis should have been made shortly af­ter he first came to the hospi­tal, rather than some six months later.

He added: “How­ever, re­view of ini­tial find­ings sug­gest that the can­cer had al­ready spread ex­ten­sively and a cure was not pos­si­ble.

“The coroner stated at the in­quest that it is un­cer­tain whether an ear­lier di­ag­no­sis would have al­tered the sad out­come.”

He said the trust would like to ex­press its con­do­lences to Mr Mont­gomery’s fam­ily and friends.

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