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Cancer death inquiry

28th March 2006

A family is demanding an inquiry following the death from cancer of a man whose illness was only diagnosed after 37 hospital visits. Peter Cura died at the age of 31, leaving a wife and two children.

He was told he had cancer in July 2003 at the Medway Maritime Hospital, in Gillingham, Kent, more than a year after his first appointment there. Medway NHS Trust has admitted a delay in diagnosing renal cancer.

A 3in tumour was only found after he underwent six operations and the removal of his left kidney. Previously, Mr Cura was told that the back pain he was suffering was caused by kidney stones.

Mr Cura launched a legal action against the trust last year, saying at the time that he was angry with the way he had been treated. He was later paid an undisclosed sum in an out-of-court settlement.

The Trust said that measures have been put in place to address the issues raised, and to prevent the possibility of similar cases.





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