Women lose legal battle over radiotherapyBMJ 1998; 316 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.316.7143.1477f (Published 16 May 1998) Cite this as: BMJ 1998;316:1477
- Clare Dyer, legal correspondent
Two women left with useless and painful arms from the radiotherapy that they were given for breast cancer 18 years ago lost their claims for damages in the High Court in London last week.
The cases of Ethel Robb, aged 78, of Chingford, Essex, and Susan Unitt, 51, of Guernsey, are the first of what started as a large group action to end in a court judgment. The women claimed they developed brachial plexus neuropathy as a result of radiotherapy after breast …