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Posted on 4th August 2017

Incorrect Thrush And Herpes Diagnosis Is Actually Rare Cancer

A 44 year old mum of two was diagnosed with Thrush and Herpes over a 10 year period but was actually suffering from a rare form of cancer.

At the age of 12, the young girl developed genital itching and visited her GP who diagnosed a yeast infection, thrush or cystitis. Her symptoms continued but because she was too embarrassed she avoided going to see her GP again.

In her 30s she decided that she would go back to see her GP because the discomfort had become “overwhelming”. After visiting her GP 5 times in a single year regarding the condition, she was given a smear test. The results came back all clear.

Following the smear test, the mum was advised to try creams to control the itching.

When she turned 43 years old, she visited her GP again. In March 16 she was diagnosed with vulval cancer and doctors discovered a tumour and a tear which had developed into an ulcer bigger than two 10p pieces.

After a gynaecologist performed three urgent punch biopsy she was diagnosed with a condition called lichen sclerosis and it was this condition that had caused the cancer to develop.

During surgery to remove the cancer it was found that it had spread to her lymph nodes in her groin. The cancer was at stage 1B, grade 3 meaning that it was small but fast growing.

As the cancer had spread to her lymph nodes, she had to undergo an initial 25 sessions of radiotherapy but later scans showed the cancer was still in her lymph nodes and she had to have more sessions of radiotherapy. The mum of two is now in remission.


Some cancers are slow growing whilst others grow quickly but with all cancers it is important that they are diagnosed early to achieve the best outcome for the patient. When cancer is misdiagnosed, the knock on effect is that necessary treatment is also delayed.

Any delay in diagnosing cancer can potentially have life changing consequences for the patient. Surprisingly, even though medical professionals receive training on correctly diagnosing cancer, clinical negligence claims for cancer misdiagnosis is common. For more information, you can access your cancer pages here

If you think your cancer diagnosis could and should have been made earlier or if you think that your cancer treatment has been delayed unnecessarily and the prognosis is now worse than it could have been, contact us on 0330 355 9210 or for a free claim assessment.