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If you have been affected or concerned by medical negligence or a misdiagnosis of cancer, you may wish to obtain specialised help and support today by contacting one of our expert solicitors here. Compensation claims are designed to provide a legal remedy for unnecessary suffering caused if a diagnosis is delayed, or if a different illness is misdiagnosed as cancer.

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    Cancer cases & medical negligence

    In NHS hospitals and clinics throughout England and Wales, the majority of cancer cases are diagnosed in time and treatment provided correctly. However, if the disease is not dealt with appropriately or if there are significant delays, the illness might progress unnecessarily or become terminal. In fact, of the various incidences of medical misdiagnosis that occur, cancer is still a surprisingly common factor. Our specialists can help if you’ve suffered due to misdiagnosis or delayed diagnosis of:

    We have handled several head and cancer negligence cases. It is vital you get the compensation you deserve to help with the support you will need and on-going rehabilitation and expenses that go with that.

    Early detection has a positive impact on treatment, whereas delays in referral to see a specialist could have the opposite effect. Not taking the appropriate biopsies or carrying out scans and X-rays in time, not interpreting laboratory results correctly or simply missing patients’ symptoms could worsen the condition.

    Common causes of misdiagnosis

    Even though the error rate is relatively low within the NHS, a regrettable number of cancer cases are misdiagnosed or undiagnosed. This unfortunate fact may be due to the very frequency of the illness, or perhaps to patients presenting with an otherwise healthy appearance and few (if any) signs and symptoms – until the condition advances. It is particularly important, therefore, for doctors (and, indeed, patients themselves) to remain watchful and be aware of any symptoms as they appear, progress or disappear.

    As many as one in eight women have invasive breast cancer at some time in their lives. However, the condition might be misdiagnosed as a benign cyst, i.e. a collection of liquid within the tissues. Similarly, inflammatory breast cancer frequently causes redness (due to inflammation) and unusually warm skin, leading to possible misdiagnosis of mastitis or fibrocystic breast disease.

    Colorectal cancer involves the lower intestine and rectum. The prognosis is more favourable when the condition is detected and treated as early as possible; however, IBD (inflammatory bowel disease), ulcerative colitis or even haemorrhoids (commonly referred to as piles) are all common misdiagnoses. In the same way, pancreatic cancer symptoms in the digestive tract could result in misdiagnosis of IBS (irritable bowel syndrome), gallstones, pancreatitis or diabetes. In fact, diabetes is itself both a common symptom of this type of cancer as well as a risk factor which increases the chances of contracting it.

    Finally, lung cancer may produce symptoms such as shortness of breath, wheezing, coughing and hoarseness. As these warning signs also occur in individuals who have other types of respiratory infection, patients might receive a misdiagnosis of asthma, bronchitis, pneumonia, pleurisy (inflammation of the chest membrane) or tuberculosis.

    Seek qualified medical or specialist advice

    If you are concerned about any of these medical symptoms, you should seek qualified medical or specialist advice. It may also be possible to make a compensation claim; our experienced solicitors aim to provide thoughtful help, understand your case and seek answers from the medical practitioners involved.

    Common Questions Relating to Cancer Misdiagnosis

    If negligent medical care caused a delay in your treatment or your cancer went undiagnosed, we may be able to help you make a compensation claim. Contact our medical specialists today on 0333 987 4161 to discuss your case.

    According to research the most commonly misdiagnosed cancer is Lymphoma. Lymphoma is a cancer of the cells that create the bodies immune system

    CT scans have the potential to be completely wrong, possibly up to 30% of the time. CT scans can not differentiate between cancerous and non cancerous tissue leading to false negatives. Patients can be told they have cancer when they don’t or do not have cancer when they do, this is called misdiagnosis, worse delayed diagnosis of cancer can lead to progress of your cancer.  If a doctor is telling you “you have cancer just from a CT scan” it will be impossible to have confidence of the next steps to be taken.

    Research suggests that between 10 and 20% of cancer cases are misdiagnosed worldwide. Different types of cancer have differing misdiagnosis rates so it is important to know the rates differ, Pancreatic cancer has one of the highest misdiagnosis rates at nearly 31% of all cases.

    Recent news reports have focused on the UK Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt’s address to the UK Parliament to apologise for a breast cancer screening scandal.

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    If you or a loved one has suffered from negligence caused by misdiagnosis of cancer please contact one of our specialist solicitors on 0333 987 4161 to discuss your claim.

    In The News

    Recent news reports have focused on the UK Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt’s address to the UK Parliament to apologise for a breast cancer screening scandal.

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