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Posted on 12th September 2016

Mother put through unnecessary chemotherapy

Hull and East Yorkshire Hospital Trust have admitted putting though a mum through four rounds of chemotherapy unnecessarily.

Jodi Huggett, 41, has taken legal action against Hull and East Yorkshire Hospital NHS Trust after finding out the treatment she had received after her operation to remove a low-grade form of bowel cancer.

After four rounds of chemotherapy, and feeling terribly ill, Mrs Huggett did some research on her treatment. Looking at neuroendocrine tumours she discovered that she had been put through needless suffering.

"I was on my knees following my operation and with my chemotherapy treatment. I was just about to go into my fifth cycle and I felt so poorly that I decided to look online into it myself," she said.

Mrs Huggett suffered two episodes of anaphylactic shock during her first four rounds of chemotherapy. A fifth round seemed too much for Mrs Huggett to cope with.

Mrs Huggett found a blog online that directed her to the Royal Free Hospital in London, which is a specialist centre for her type of tumour. She contacted the hospital and they agreed to review her case.

Mrs Huggett told the Grimsby Telegraph: "They told me chemotherapy never has and never will be proven to work on a tumour like the one I had and the only way it would have been required was for a palliative care patient, which I wasn't. I couldn't believe it when I found out it had all been completely unnecessary. It was heartbreaking."

The Royal Free Hospital contact the Castle Hill Hospital, who were treating Mrs Huggett, and advised them they were treating their patient incorrectly.

The Trust admitted that the oncologist at Castle Hill Hospital did not follow UK and European guidelines for the right course of treatment, and the decision to give her chemotherapy was a breach of care on their part.

Hull and East Yorkshire Hospital Trust have admitted putting though a mum through four rounds of chemotherapy unnecessarily.

Jodi Huggett, 41, has taken legal action against Hull and East Yorkshire Hospital NHS Trust after finding out the treatment she had received after her operation to remove a low-grade form of bowel cancer.

After four rounds of chemotherapy, and feeling terribly ill, Mrs Huggett did some research on her treatment. Looking at neuroendocrine tumours she discovered that she had been put through needless suffering.

"I was on my knees following my operation and with my chemotherapy treatment. I was just about to go into my fifth cycle and I felt so poorly that I decided to look online into it myself," she said.

Mrs Huggett suffered two episodes of anaphylactic shock during her first four rounds of chemotherapy. A fifth round seemed too much for Mrs Huggett to cope with.

Mrs Huggett found a blog online that directed her to the Royal Free Hospital in London, which is a specialist centre for her type of tumour. She contacted the hospital and they agreed to review her case.

Mrs Huggett told the Grimsby Telegraph: "They told me chemotherapy never has and never will be proven to work on a tumour like the one I had and the only way it would have been required was for a palliative care patient, which I wasn't. I couldn't believe it when I found out it had all been completely unnecessary. It was heartbreaking."

The Royal Free Hospital contact the Castle Hill Hospital, who were treating Mrs Huggett, and advised them they were treating their patient incorrectly.

The Trust admitted that the oncologist at Castle Hill Hospital did not follow UK and European guidelines for the right course of treatment, and the decision to give her chemotherapy was a breach of care on their part.

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