Living with a tumour – Sheffield man’s anxious wait for cancer surgery

A Sheffield man diagnosed with cancer seven months ago is still waiting for a surgery after his operation was cancelled because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Martin Ducksbury, 65, was diagnosed with a tumour on his kidney in December and was due to have surgery at the Royal Hallamshire Hospital in the city in April.

But he also has progressive lung disease and had the surgery cancelled because of fears that would put him in the high risk category if he contracted Covid-19, and at the same time he was transferred to the Northern General Hospital.

However, he has still to be given a date for surgery and is so worried he is taking advice from lawyers at Grayson’s solicitors in Sheffield.

‘We’ve been left feeling totally helpless’

They have warned Mr Ducksbury is one of several potential cases they are reviewing and have warned of a “tsunami” of claims against the National Health Service from patients who’s treatments have been affected by the pandemic.

Mr Ducksbury said: “This is an incredibly stressful situation for my wife and me. We’ve been told the cancer is slow growing but we’ve no idea how aggressive it is. We’ve been left feeling totally helpless.”

Some hospitals, including the Royal Marsden, have been performing operations after introducing segregation arrangements for high risk patients

Carol Simpson, head of clinical negligence at Graysons Solicitors, said: “The Government must open up services to non-Covid 19 patients as a matter of extreme urgency.

“Whilst the intention to protect would-be patients from the risk of contracting COVID-19 was laudable, this now has to be balanced with the risk of not getting diagnosed or treated for life-threatening conditions which are far more likely to harm or kill them.”

Sheffield Teaching Hospitals Trust have been asked for comment.

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