For five years Patrick Montgomery was unaware he had a rare cancer after both his specialist and GP failed to pass on the message.

After he was finally told - following failures across both the public and private health systems - a scan showed the cancer had spread. But in another failure, a radiologist didn't pick it up in a scan.

The Rotorua man is now in palliative care and undergoing chemotherapy while trying to spend the time he has left with family.

"Had I been properly informed and properly treated I have a strong belief that this cancer could


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