Misdiagnosis of Cervical Cancer

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Difficulty in diagnosis

Cervical cancer can be difficult to diagnose in the early stages as patients may not experience clear symptoms until the condition has progressed.

If you have any of the following symptoms then you should seek medical advice as soon as possible.

  • Unusual vaginal bleeding
  • Bleeding between periods
  • Unusual vaginal discharge
  • Pain during sexual intercourse
  • Bleeding from cervical contact eg: insertion of cervical cap or sexual intercourse

Cervical cancer diagnosis

A diagnosis is usually made by an annual PAP test which tests for levels of potentially pre-cancerous and cancerous cells. Should these tests indicate the possibility of a risk of developing cervical cancer additional testing should be carried out.

Additional testing can involve

HPV typing:
Similar to a PAP test this tests the strains of HPV present. HPV-16 and HPV-18 are seen more often in women with cervical cancer.

Colposcopy:
Your doctor may do a Colposcopy to check the cervix for abnormalities. A Colposcopy magnifies the cells of the cervix and vagina similar to a microscope and can also assist during a biopsy.

Biopsy:
This is the removal of a small quantity of tissue to be used for examination under a microscope. Only a biospy can make a definite diagnosis of cervical cancer.

Cervical cancer diagnosis errors

There are a few common areas where a claim might be made:

  • A doctor may misdiagnose your cancer symptoms for heavy periods or the menopause delaying treatment and referral to an oncologist.
  • It may be that the cancer is diagnosed early on but then inadequate treatment is given to the patient,
  • It may be that your smear test was collected / stored / processed incorrectly resulting in a misdiagnosis
  • Another common area where you might claim is where an overly aggressive decision is made to treat you eg: unnecessary hysterectomies

Common Questions  Relating to Brain Injury Claims

We can advise you regarding your rights to claim compensation and talk you through the process to begin a claim against the NHS. It is always advisable to get professional legal help when filing any personal injury claim including one for cervical cancer misdiagnosis. We can also agree to represent you in court without asking you to bear any expenses at any point during the claim. This is known as a No Win No Fee arrangement. You only have to pay an agreed percentage of the compensation that is paid on a successful claim.

<< Cancer Misdiagnosis Claims

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.

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

In The News

The NHS made a near record payout to the parents of a girl left brain damaged after a jaundice treatment went terribly wrong.

The girl, now 9 years old, was awarded £19 million (the top end for brain injury claims) after being born with severe jaundice and treatment being delayed by Kings College Hospital. The NHS lawyers accepted that there had been shortcomings in her care and agreed to settle the claim.

The girl’s lawyers claimed that, had medics carried out a complete blood exchange, she may very well have escaped the permanent injury she has been left with.

Alexander Hutton QC for the trust said “This case did highlight shortcomings in the care that was provided.
“We are extremely sorry for those shortcomings and I am told that the trust has worked hard to ensure that this will not happen again in the future.”

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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