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    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.

    How do I make a claim?

    To bring about a claim for misdiagnosis of bowel cancer you will need to show that your doctor acted in a way that was negligent by not making an early referral for further tests or the care provided by your GP was substandard. It also needs to be shown that the failure of your GP directly led to the overall outcome.
    Cancers can be aggressive and early diagnosis is not always a factor in the outcome and prognosis. An oncologist would need to consider this when a claim is being sought and we would need to obtain and provide a patient’s medical records for consideration.

    Common Misdiagnoses of Bowel Cancer

    • Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)
    • Diverticulitis
    • Colitis

    Bowel Cancer Symptoms

    • Abdominal pain
    • Blood in faeces, bright or dark red
    • Lethargy and vomiting
    • Iron deficiency
    • Anaemia
    • Change in bowel habits
    • Narrow stools
    • Weight loss
    • Diarrhoea
    • Constipation

    If you or a loved one has suffered as a result of any of negligence noted above, please contact our medical specialists on 0333 987 4161 to discuss your potential claim.

    Common Questions Relating to Misdiagnosis Claims

    You may need to be assessed by a medical team for us to better understand your limitations caused by your misdiagnosis.

    Compensation will take into account future physical and psychological support required, specialist equipment and adaptions to your home that are needed. Also, any future pain and suffering that you may experience will be taken into account alongside the loss of work and income related to your injury.

    The report, by the All. Can cancer initiative, warns that one in five (21 per cent) of UK patients surveyed said they waited more than six months to get the correct diagnosis.

    To prove emotional distress this will need to include witness testimony documentation and other evidence related to your claim. You can of course provide your own testimony including information on lack of sleep, anxiety, flashbacks and other emotional injury.

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

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