Cancer Misdiagnosis Claims
There are two general forms of cancer misdiagnosis. The first is failing to diagnose when a patient is suffering from cancer, and the second is making a positive cancer diagnosis when in actual fact there is no cancer present.
If a medical professional has diagnosed cancer and there is no cancer present it will mean that the patient will likely undergo painful drug treatments as well as surgery and the pain and distress of the treatment will have been completely unnecessary. What’s more, the misdiagnosis will mean that the actual cause of the symptoms is going untreated as it has not been detected.
Alternatively, a cancer sufferer may have been misdiagnosed by a medical professional failing to spot the cancer in the patient. Failing to diagnose and treat cancer early can have fatal consequences as the cancer could grow in the body to the extent that treatment will become significantly less straightforward or in extreme cases the cancer could become terminal.
If the medical professional has been clinically negligent in arriving at their cancer misdiagnosis, you could potentially start a compensation claim for a cancer misdiagnosis medical negligence claim.
If you are considering making a medical negligence claim due to an injury or illness that was caused by your time in a hospital A&E department through misdiagnosis, mistreatment or accident you may wish to view the following sections.
Successful Cancer Misdiagnosis Claims
Examples of successful medical negligence claims in the past have included claims for –
Skin cancer whereby a patient was treated for the removal and testing of a mole, but the cancer was not detected at the time.
Colon cancer, when a patient has gone to a GP with rectal bleeding and changes in bowel movements which can be an indication that a series of tests should be carried out, but no referral has been made by the GP and colon cancer was present.
An example of a breast cancer medical negligence claim which consisted of the disease being diagnosed 4 months late, and a mastectomy being the only treatment option available. The mastectomy wound broke down and became infected and 3 separate operations were needed to reshape the breast which resulted in chronic infection in the breast. The local NHS Foundation Trust paid compensation to the tune of £80,000 in this instance.