A woman now battling eight tumours says doctors missed her cancer because they were focused on treating Covid victims.
Area manager Joanna Georgiou, 31, from London, says she repeatedly went to NHS doctors because of a small lump on her knee that they failed to recognise as a tumour.
Ms Georgiou says the problem was exacerbated by the pandemic when she was forced to use e-consultations with doctors rather than seeing them in person.
She said that it wasn’t until she paid to go to a private clinic in person that her cancer was diagnosed.
It has now been confirmed Ms Georgiou has a tumour the size of a satsuma next to her heart, six tiny tumours in her lungs and a huge tumour in her knee after being diagnosed with synovial sarcoma, a rare form of cancer that grows in joints.
She says she feels let down by the NHS, that more could have been done to diagnose her cancer earlier and that those without Covid were ‘put on hold’ during the pandemic.
The 31-year-old first noticed the lump back in 2016 and was initially told it was a cyst, given ibuprofen and sent on her way.