Staffordshire woman diagnosed with cancer is found dead at home



A woman who had been diagnosed with cancer was found dead at home, an inquest has heard.

A hearing at Stafford Coroner’s Court found Nicola Evans, hanged herself at home while her husband was at out work.

The 45-year-old accountant lived in Stretton, Burton-on-Trent, where she was found dead on Monday, February 3.

Mrs Evans had been diagnosed and treated for oesophageal cancer in 2016, which returned three years later, the inquest heard.

According to the NHS, oesophageal cancer affects the food pipe, which carries food from the throat to the stomach.

Explaining the circumstances around the death, South Staffordshire Coroner Andrew said: “In 2016 Nicola Evans was diagnosed with oesophageal cancer and this has a very poor prognosis.

“She underwent substantial treatment which had some effect.

“In August 2019 the cancer was found to have returned leading to further significant treatment.

“On February 3, 2020, Nicola hanged herself at her home address while her husband was out at work.”

Mr Haigh recorded a medical cause of death as “hanging”, a formal verdict was recorded as: “Suicide while suffering from the consequences of terminal cancer.”

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