Many cancers are treatable, so it is important to have early investigations, diagnosis and treatment to maximise the prospect of a positive prognosis and better quality of life. Cancer misdiagnosis can result in a poorer prognosis, worse quality of life and loss of a chance to have surgery or other treatments, such as chemotherapy or radiotherapy.
Cancer misdiagnosis medical negligence claims can arise when there has been delay or failure to carry out investigations, misinterpretation of x-rays, scans or other tests, failure to act upon test results, delay in referring patients to a specialist, misdiagnosis, delay in treatment, or inappropriate treatment.
We have had clients who as a result of delay in diagnosis and treatment of cancer have required more radical surgery, such as requiring mastectomy rather than lumpectomy or amputation of the leg rather than limb-sparing surgery.
We have helped our clients with many types of cancer, including cancers of the:
- Oral cancer including tumours of the salivary glands and tongue
- Throat cancer including cancer of the larynx and oesophagus