Cancer patient Antoinette Gillon died after undergoing immunotherapy in a desperate bid to buy herself more precious time.
The 72-year-old mum had been left with few options after her oesophageal cancer returned following a period in remission.
This form of treatment – which harnesses the power of the immune system to recognise and attack cancer cells – was unavailable on the NHS so she paid to go private.
An inquest heard that Mrs Gillon was found lying on the floor at her home in Beechwood Close, Clayton, just days after completing the therapy.
She was taken to the Royal Stoke University Hospital, where she died later that day on September 16.
The retired legal secretary’s cause of death was put down to haematoma due to the advanced cancer.
Recording a conclusion of natural causes, North Staffordshire coroner Andrew Barkley said: “She was so persistent with the immunotherapy.
“This lady was clearly willing to try any form of treatment to try to confront the disease which sadly was to claim her life.”