1 in 3 of us will become a cancer sufferer at some point in their lives.
Cancer affects the young and old, men and women and can arise in or metastasise to any area of the body.
Medical negligence claims surrounding cancer treatment can involve analysing the actions and input of GPs in recognising symptoms or evaluating the care and treatment given by Oncologists, Radiologists, and Surgeons once a referral has been made. Causation can be complex and sadly claims often involve fatalities.
Typical cases that arise include:-
- A failure by a GP to recognise, heed or to take adequate steps to investigate or refer a patient presenting with symptoms that could be indicative of cancer.
- Failings in screening programs – eg missing/misdiagnosing early pre-cancerous changes in cervical smear analysis or errors in the breast screening programme.
- Diagnostic failings, upon referral, whereby tumours or early pre cancerous symptoms are missed and go untreated.
- Failings in communication and consistency of approach to treatment between multi disciplinary teams encompassing oncologists, radiologists and surgeons.
- Inadequate surgery failing to fully excise tumours.
- Inappropriate staging of treatment between surgery, chemotherapy, radiotherapy and other treatments.
- Failings to secure proper informed consent.
- Inadequate palliative care.
We have a great deal of experience in dealing with cancer related cases including claims surrounding women’s health encompassing cervical smear screening and breast cancer treatment. Sadly, we often have to represent families who have lost loved ones due to inadequate treatment.