During her ordeal, Ms Harvey was at various times told she did not have cancer, informed that her agonising pain was caused by a back problem, and diagnosed with a torn ligament.
Lawyers acting for the family of Jeannine - who was suffering from uterine cancer of the cervix - believe the death has national implications for the diagnosis and timely treatment of cancer.
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Billie Whitelaw, who starred in films including The Omen, has died aged 82.