Man dies after medics missed cancer 12 times and dismissed it as anxiety

A budding singer who appeared on the X-Factor died aged 19 and now 13 years on his brother wants to make him feel proud by running a marathon in his memory and to raise money

Christopher Chaffey, who appeared on The X-Factor, visited his GP 12 times but his cancer was missed

The brother of a singer who died from cancer aged 19 has told of his frustration after doctors missed many chances to spot a large tumour on his chest which was dismissed as anxiety.

Christopher Chaffey visited his GP 12 times and was even rushed to hospital with chest pains after falling ill.

But, tragically, he was sent home each time and was even referred to a psychiatrist for “anxiety”, reported HullLive.

Christopher was eventually rushed to Castle Hill Hospital after a lump developed on his neck 15 months after his symptoms first appeared, but by then it was too late to save him.

Doctors told his family that he had aggressive non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma and a massive 4lb tumour in his chest. He died a week later.

Michael is now running a marathon in memory of his brother and to raise money for charity



Christopher’s brother, RAF gunner Michael Chaffey, 30, is now running The London Marathon in his memory and to raise awareness of the cancer that killed him 13 years ago.

Michael was 17 when he lost Christopher, who once appeared on The X Factor, and he says the loss has had a catastrophic impact on the family, from Coniston, East Yorkshire.

An inquest into his death ruled he could have been saved if he’d been diagnosed earlier.

Determined to make his brother proud and wanting to do something positive in his memory, Michael is now taking part in the London Marathon next month, where he aims to raise £2,000 for The Teenage Cancer Trust.

Michael, who is based with the Royal Air Forces regiment which is tasked with guarding air force bases, said he is “nervous” about the marathon, which will be his first, but will keep Christopher firmly in the forefront of his mind on the day, to help him through.

Michael said that he wants to do something positive to remember his brother



He said: “Everyone suffers some form of bereavement at some point, but I am looking at positive ways of remembering him and trying to make him proud. I want to raise money but also awareness as it’s a charity that is close to my heart.

“The family has really suffered.

“The coroner said there was a strong possibility that he could have been saved if he’d been diagnosed when he first brought up his symptoms, which started off as chest pains.

“He kept going to the doctors and they even put him in touch with a psychiatrist for anxiety.”

Michael, who has two sisters, added: “I’m not a big runner and the most I’ve run is 15 miles, so I will have to dig deep on the day but I am sure that the reason for running will get me through, I will be thinking of him.”

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