Jul 15, 2003 - 9:38 am
I live in the UK. I developed a small lump on the inside of my L foot about 2 years ago. It got larger and so I saw my GP who sent me to a Podiatrist who diagnosed it as a Ganglion. I had an MRI Scan and was put on the urgent waiting list for operation. The lump grew and got considerably larger, in fact it was the size of a duck egg. Having heard nothing for 9 months about my operation or when it would be, I made a call to the hospital and was told they would investigate the matter and call me back. They did call back and I was asked to come in for admission in 2 weeks time. I somehow think I was not put on the waiting list. The lump was excised and three weeks later I have been informed it is was a synovial sarcoma. After being referred to Oncologists, they now inform me that my CT Scan shows secondary metastases in both lungs. Not only that, but the surgeon who operated did not excise a wide enough margin and there are still bits of cancer left in my foot. I am about to start Radiotherapy for that. I am bringing a Clinical Negligence claim against the surgeon who misdiagnosed it as a Ganglion. I have also been told that chemotherapy is out of the question as they have given me 1 year to 18 months to live and as I am pretty fit at the moment, they do not want to reduce my quality of life. I feel it is the end of the world and that there is no hope left for me. Can anyone tell me otherwise?