Helping you claim compensation
Bowel cancer delayed diagnosis and cancer misdiagnosis can cause a reduced life expectancy or even death. Early detection of bowel cancer is of the utmost importance as this can often lead to a full recovery. Not often talked about, bowel cancer is the second biggest killer in the UK responsible for 10% of all deaths from cancer.
NICE has produced guidelines for referral periods and suspected bowel cancer patients. An referral should be made to a Gastroenterologist within two weeks. Failure to follow recognition and referral guidelines would constitute as negligent care by a health care provider.
Symptoms of bowel cancer can sometimes be missed
A diagnosis usually starts after a GP spots symptoms that may be cancer related. Patients are then referred to specialists for further tests. Quick diagnosis is crucial so the cancer is caught at an early and treatable stage. Results can also be misread as negative or overlooked, or there can be a complete failure to diagnose. If this is the case then the cancer can continue to grow undetected, leading to disastrous consequences and making treatment of the cancer much more difficult.
If you think you have had your symptoms ignored or have suffered from misdiagnosis of bowel cancer, call one of our solicitors today for free initial advice about your claim.
You might be able to claim compensation if your health care provider:
Failed to recognise symptoms of bowel cancer
Errors by your Doctor
Your GP may have failed to notice your symptoms as a sign of bowel cancer and attributed it to another cause. Your GP might also have failed to perform correct examinations that may have led to a correct diagnosis or simply took too long to diagnose you correctly.
Errors by clinical staff
After your doctor has referred you for further tests, those tests may not have been carried out correctly or results not correctly interpreted, leading to your cancer not being diagnosed or a delay in diagnosis that causes you unnecessary harm.